The monster learned to read and to speak.
He saw the joy that love can bring
‘til his longing for love began to leak
Into others’ horror at his face’s zing.
Events in Europe led us to a captain afloat
In the Arctic, longing for a friend who’d be dear
Not likely to find one among the brutes on his boat
But then Victor, almost lifeless, drew near.
Back to life the captain nursed him
Until he could speak his story
Details of which made him seem nearly Seraphim
And we shared in a human’s gory glory.
Captain and Victor and monster all wanted the very same thing:
Companionship to fill the hole of being on a human’s solitary swing