Eternal youth

Whispers in a witch’s ear

Telling her of her deepest fears

The wanting of a young man

Full of youth and ignorance

Time grasps at her

Her skin is wrinkly

Her eyes glaze

Her youth begins to fade

"Her youth begins to fade, as the hourglass runs." Graphic by Grace Higginbotham
“Her youth begins to fade, as the hourglass runs.” Graphic by Grace Higginbotham

As the hourglass runs

Desperation

Fear

Acknowledgement of what must pass

The circle is set

The candles are lit

The live centerpiece squirms

The stage is set

The moon is past its apex

Words of the dead language

Reborn in this world

The wind picks up

The candles grow brighter

The young man screams

Time halts

Youth is bled dry

An old man wallows

The rejuvenation of an old body

The beauty of a young woman reappears

With old eyes

With no soul

The hourglass is flipped