So He asked me
"Are you prepared to die for love?"
and I answered
"For what better reason could I shed my skin?"

He asked me
"Can you suffer that agony a second time?"
I answered
"A second time, a thousand!
For, although it was almost my undoing
So, also, was it my making.

How deeply, deeply have I loved
Such passion have I known
I suffered in equal measure, yes, that's true
But, oh! how my inner blossoming
Engaged my spirit,

How totally alive have I been!"

He asked me
"Are you ready now
To have your heart's desire?"

I answered
"So much love have I to give
I will take my chance with fate.
I may descend to hell
But I will see heaven once more
Before I die."

He smiled…

I knew
I answered well.
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