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For at the End there shall be Nought to Endure

By C. Rommial ButlerPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
"Mr. Crowley", by Ozzy Osbourne. This solo written and performed by Randy Rhoads was the best thing to ever come of Crowley's legacy...

“I made the toads hop, the witches skip, and the monkeys dance to the persistent crank of the organ grinder, which played a melancholy tune that falls outside their hearing range. Life is strange, but I am even stranger… ever the stranger.”

“But why? Why create spectacle for its own sake?”

“I once invested my creations with purpose, gave them a meaning supreme; but this just made them mean. I gave them freedom to pursue their own pleasure, but this just made them cruel. I sent them out as stars, and they returned as toads, witches, and monkeys. What was I to do but make them hop and skip and dance in their mad, ugly trance? What was I to do but predetermine the story I once left to chance?”

“But why do you care at all?’

“I vowed I shall endure unto the end.”

“But there is no end!”


No more replies.

Just a smile,

A wile which sparkled

A darkling spark

In the depths of his eyes…

One last chapter in The Book of Lies.

surreal poetry

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C. Rommial Butler

C. Rommial Butler is a writer, musician and philosopher from Indianapolis, IN. His works can be found online through multiple streaming services and booksellers.

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Comments (18)

  • Denise E Lindquist19 days ago

    Congratulations on your top story 🎉🎉🎉

  • Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • Andrea Corwin 30 days ago

    Arggghh the poor creatures. Great job and congrats!!

  • T. Licht30 days ago

    Wow! congrats on top story!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Cindy Calderabout a month ago

    Loved this so much - a wonderful take on the prompt. Congratulations on Top Story recognition. Well-earned.

  • Gerard DiLeoabout a month ago

    Congrats on TS. Well deserved. As creepy as it was prognostic. Sometimes, we jus suck.

  • peterabout a month ago


  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Wow. That was really well done and quote relevant to our current state of humanity. Congrats on the TS.

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Amazing read Congratulations on TS

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    That last line shakes the page, excellent

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    This just made them cruel. Perhaps it's better we dance?

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Alas, there is no end. This was an excuse take on the challenge!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Loved the last line!!! Bravo!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Excellent job my friend. Your following details help me to catch up the big picture.

  • I did not want to mar the simplicity of the piece with a commentary, but will remark that this connects to Chapter 70 of Aleister Crowley's "Book of Lies" for anyone seeking further reference.

  • But is it a last chapter or was that a lie too, this was great fun

  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    You set the tone with the music. When I read this, I sense something which I can't quite put my finger on; that unsettles me but not overly - it puts me on my guard. It makes me wary, that's the word, of the narrator and his motives.

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