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Riven

I believed in you.

I saw in your eyes, my faithful friend
I saw in your lies, my path to an end

And I believed in you.

There are cracks upon the broken ground,
And now, upon my path I’ve found,
That there is no forgiveness,
No God, nor glory.
Only the bladed cold of emptiness,
And the vengeful hand of fury.

I had faith in you.

Faith in the worthless words you’d say,
Those lies upon the world.
Grown heavy in the hand,
And borne heavy by my heart.
For the longest lies are ever whispered, 
Slowly,
And into the ever-grasping dark.

I loved you, Woman.

The coal dark embers of a fire burning.
The pale of tomorrow’s soulless yearning.

Love and Faith, as you asked of me, was given.
All by all, what’s inside of me, is Riven.

Now you think you’ve walked away,
That there’s nothing left to say.
Looking back and laughing,
While the world, content, is passing.

And I believed in you.

Not one word of honesty,
Did you ever truly share with me.
And I should really let you be, 
After all that you have done to me?

You shall see how I despise,
When you look me in the eyes,
And know that your mistake,
Has simply led me on to Hate.

The Vengeful hand of fury…
Is mine.

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