The Avant-Garde Demon

Chubby arms flailing, legs fluttering,
He breaks free from his mother
Charging into the World of Santiago
Devouring adventures, one after the other.

Unfettered curiosity tamed
By walls and walls of books
A universe that conspires in his favor
Through Voyagers
and Vagabonds
and Crooks.

As our tragic hero grows older
He finds an enemy unmatched,
Abandoning Huck for 140 characters
From his childhood fantasies, detached.

A demon mightier than Grendel,
Unrivaled by any Arsenal of Quill
More cunning than the great Count Dracula,
As heartless as Cruella de Vil.

At seventeen, he sits alone, weeping,
Lively countenance swindled by ghosts
Breaking up with his girlfriend
Over a Facebook post.

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