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Become the Ash

Donald P. Goodman III

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"Momento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris."

Become the ash that's left when finished is the flame, the dust that lingers when the rest has been destroyed; embrace what still remains when fire has made his claim, when burning's sent all surplusage into the void. For thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return; by time or flame, all flesh and bone will be as ash, and none from any other dust can it discern; a man, a lifetime, here and gone in just a flash. All flesh will fall to ash; but slag we first must burn to purify the gold from all corrupted trash; refiner's fire burns off the filth and leaves the shine; become the ash! unto the furnace self consign!