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If I should die before we speak again, I ask of you now,
please, do not lay me to rest in a casket, sealed tight and hidden in the ground;
for I have lived in this way all my life.
Living, if one can call it that, in a box, jammed in so with all my emotions that
when I screamed no one could hear.
I am afraid of this darkness; this torrent of scarlet rain.
Though I have suffered long throughout my life ... I do not desire your pity ...
so now, knowing what i know, would you still condemn me to the anguish i have
so long endured?
Condemn me to another existence of claustrophobic loneliness?
Should you answer this "no" then my request is for liberation.
I ask of you now, as soon it will be too late, to simply lay my body upon a bed of
wood and push me out into the benevolent, rolling sea
there I shall drift awhile, calm and peaceful,
with the shining sky above,
and such a great expanse of liquid gold beneath.
then, as I lie there, gently hold against me, a small flame ...
and now, step away.
stand by the great oak, beneath its protective canopy.
and observe my cage rise up in a glorious silver light, lucid in the night, glowing
as the flutter of my soul is
redeemed, released from its burden.
Out across the water shall I fly, unconstrained
amid the clouds,
below the deepest water
challenging the sun's glory
I shall be liberated
I shall be an incandescent spirit rising out of the darkness
then shall I be beautiful ...