Milton’s Demons

John Milton stayed up all night / it was all the same to him / writing in his mind’s eye a story / of angels and demons / but mostly demons / they’re easier to see / where they came from and where they’re going / and how they got there / and who they meet on the journey back

They reared and teemed / fought and dissembled / argued and organized / all in front of him / inside him / sharing the same space / he named them / gave them ranks and backstories / and a leader 

The night is always darkest before the dawn / if you can see it / or until a friend comes / pencil and paper in hand / to conjugate the darkness

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