sexta-feira, 8 de novembro de 2013

"The Forest"
"The Battle"



Five days out on an infinite sea, they prayed for calm on an ocean free,But the surface of the water was indicating some disturbance.
The raft was hurled by and unseen source, two hundred feet,With frightening forceAnd a dark mass rising showed to be a giant porpoise
Rising out of the angry sea, towered the creature's enemy,And so the two sea monstrers closed for battle
Crocodile's teeth, lizard's head, bloodshot eye, stained oceanredMoving close to their raft's side, the two men prayed as one andcried"Save me, save me, save me, save me"
The serpent's fight went on for hours, two monsters soaring uplike towersAnd driving down to the depths in a single motion
Suddenly, the serpent's head, shot out of the water bathed inredAnd the serpentine form lay lifeless on the ocean
Crocodile's teeth, lizard's head, bloodshot eye stained oceanreadBattle won, a victor's pride, the three men tanked the Lord andcried"Praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God".
(Cumulus clouds formed heavily in the south, like huge wool packsheaped up in pictures que disorder. Under the influence of thebreezes they merged together, growing darker, forming a singlemenacing mass. The raft lay motionless on the sluggish wavelesssea and in silence they waited for the storm.)
(For four days the storm had raged as they clung to the mast oftheir raft for safety. Finally, with their raft wrecked afterbeing bashed against the reefs, they lay sheltered from thepouring rain beneath a few overhanging rocks where they ate andslept. The next day all trace of the storm had disappeared andwhat remained of their stock seemed intact. Checking the compassbrought only heartbreak as it showed that a chance of wind duringthe storm had returned them to just a few miles north of PortGrauben. So, deciding to try and find the original route theyadvanced with difficulty over granite fragments mingled withflint, quartz, and alluvial deposits, eventually reaching a plaincovered with bones. like a huge cemetery. A mile further on, theyreached the edge of a huge forest made up of vegetation of theTertiary period. Tall palms were linked by a network ofinextricable creepers, a carpet of moss covering the ground andthe leaves were colourless, everything having a brownish hue.Exploring the forest they discovered a heard of gigantic animals,Mastadons, which were being marshalled by a primitive human being,a Proteus. He stood over twelve foot high and brandished anenormous bough, a crook worthy of this antediluvian shepherd.)--------------------------------------------------------THE FOREST
Journey on through ages gone, to the centre of the earthPast rocks of quartz and granite, which gave mother naturebirth
Burial ground of ancient man, his life no more is seen,A journey through his time unknown, I wonder where he's been
(Wonder where he's been, wonder where he's been, wonder where he's been)
The shore now gone behind the hills, a forest in our sight,Rocks and distant mountains, batherd in waves of blinding light
Forests from far gone time, no living man has seen,A private pre-historic world, for you and I a dream.
Brownish hue dictates my eye, no colour hides their fear,Flowers faded, dull and cold, now bleached by atmosphere
Creatures twisting under trees, huge monsters soaked with rageHidden deep below our eath, a frightening, bygone age
Their shepherd came, now long extinct, a huge primeval manThe three men filled with disbelief, just turned as one andran.
(Dumb with astonishment and amazement which bordered onstupefaction, they fled the forest. Instinctively, they madetowards the Lidenbrook Sea. Discovering a rusty dagger on thebeach, and the carved initials of the explorer before them on aslab of granite, they realised that thay were once again treadingthe route of Arne Saknussemm. Following a short sea journey arounda cape, they came ashore where a dark tunnel plunged deep intorock. Venturing down, their progress was halted by a piece of rockblocking their way. After deciding to blow their way through, andsetting the charge, they put out to sea for safety. With theexplosion, the rocks before them opened like a curtain, and abottomless pit appeared in the shore. The explosion had caused anearthquake, the abyss had opened up, and the sea was pouring intoit. Down and down they plunged into the huge gallery, but onregaining their senses found their raft rising at tremendousspeed. Trapped in the shaft of an active volcano they rose throughthe ages of man to be finally expelled out on a mountain-sideriddled with tiny lava streams. Their journey was completed andthey found themselves 3000 miles from their original startingpoint in Iceland. They had entered by one volcano and they hadcome out by another. With the blue mountains of Calabria in theeast they walked away from the mountain that had returned them.The frightening Mount Etna.
Memories of a life on earth go flashing past,Of home, of Grauben, friends of whom he's seen his lastContemplating what his life's been worth,While trapped beneath the earth,An embryo at birthPain and fear destroy the beauty I have seen,Of caverns, where no other man has beenSilurian epoch hosts me as my grave,My final blow I wave,A life too late to saveCrystals of opaque quartz, studded limpid tears,Forming magic chandeliers, lighting blistered galleries

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