Weightless white floating flecks

Sweat rolling down my chest.

A ring of stone, a cone of wood

The only things, understood.

Transformation, freed through flame

Hopefully less, remains the same.


One last look at the man I am

–the one I want to be.


One fresh look at the man I am

–the one I am forced to be.


Laying it all down
I don my old
Monk’s pendant.

Once again
I let myself
Give up myself.