Darker the Shadow

I have written a play set in the industrialized world, where two friends experience what the quick rise to power can do to the human mind, and how easily morals can become shackles that you must get rid of.


14. Scene 14: A Life

Setup: James is standing in the middle of the stage, holding a knife in his right hand. The lighting is dim and the man is looking over the audience, as if holding a speech.

Man: Darker the shadow, dimmer the light,
Suffering for these hearts in flight.
This fleeting feeling of delight,
Preparing now for the final fight.
Too many have suffered, too many have fought,
For only the few to reach what they sought.
The few now rise such height they gain,
Climbing these mighty thrones of pain.
And left are us who loyal stood,
Our hands covered in ash and soot,
With scars that cover body and mind.
And never a slight of merry to find.
For the fire we've suffered,
And the words that we uttered,
They're the burden we bare.
What once we thought was fair,
Is what now weighs us down,
What curses and damn our towns.
For the lives the bonds we tore,
Nothing we can say will answer for.

James then takes the knife and stabs himself in the chest, and collapse on the scene. Just as he does ten police officers storm the scene, but stop when they see him. As they stare the light go down and the play is over.

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