I blame it on the beast within—

It helps me with those midnight sins.

"Push and pull and live my way,

Live to fight another day."

It whispers soothingly in my ear

To make me forget my guilt and fear,

"Follow the blood lust,

Grind their bones to dust,

Lap up a crimson lake

And tear their flesh for hunger's sake."

And I pray to be so bold

As to leave this earthly load—

While the beast takes my mind,

To taste silver and leave this hell behind.

End Note: This was written first, and then I came up with a Harry Potter fan fiction to go along with it (through everyone's favorite werewolf, Remus Lupin). It's up at under the title The Beast Within.