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the initiation | by Harold Laudeus
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the initiation

Into the furnace let me go alone;

moving on without terror of the heat.

I will go naked in--for thus ''tis sweet--

Into the weird depths of the hottest zone.

I will not quiver in the frailest bone,

You will not note a flicker of defeat;

My heart shall tremble not its fate to meet,

My mouth give utterance to any moan.

The yawning oven spits forth fiery spears;

Red aspish tongues shout wordlessly my name.

Desire destroys, consumes my mortal fears,

Transforming me into a shape of flame.

I will come out, back to your world of tears,

A stronger soul within a finer frame.

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Taken on January 30, 2009