There was an Old Man of Peru, who watched his wife making a stew; but once, by mistake, in a stove she did bake that unfortunate Man of Peru.
“He plucked me up from my bed,” I continued, “and threw me into an abyss where there was a vast ocean with no land in sight. The sky was a uniform dark grey the same color as the ocean. He threw me into the cold water where I swam endlessly. I cried out for help, and I could hear my voice echo. I was left there, gasping for air, struggling to stay afloat, but no help came… I can not close my eyes without feeling the ocean around me and suffocating my will, I so much enjoy.”
“Apollyon, is a trickster,” said Death. “He is not pleasant.”
“I still will not go,” I was unyielding.
“You do not get to choose!” Death was becoming impatient.
“I have heard of people outsmarting Death,” I said.
“And how will you outsmart me?” Death grinned.
“I will think of something,” I responded.
“In the meantime life is slipping through your fingers,” Death acknowledge.
“Perhaps,” I must have to admit I did not know how to outsmart death.
“I know more than you think,” said Death. “I know you are a bitter man, causing misery to your downtrodden family or any one that stood in your way.”
“My family has been ungrateful,” I spat.
“Have they?” Death causally asked.
“Why don’t you leave?” I stated. “Let me be in peace.”
“I can feel your heart beat slowing, soon it will stay still,” Death said, “and I will take you with me.”
“I won’t let you,” I refused to incline to his decree.
“Why do you fear me, so?” Death asked. “Life has certainly been unkind to you.”
“I will not miss anything from this life,” I said.
“But, yet, you object me,” Death responds.
“I was once visited by Apollyon,” said I. “I thought it was a dream as he made my bed jolt and my room gyrate, but when I opened my eyes there he was standing over me. He was merciless, showing me my future with a grin. I was very much afraid of him. He did not speak a word. He laughed as he shook me awake. I thought my heart had leaped out of my chest. I felt a bottomless pit in my stomach. He wouldn’t leave me alone. I thought it was my time, but he came to taunt me.”