So You Want to Sit in the Fire

So you want to sit in the fire.

Let those who have tell you,

let them tell you that mostly

it means getting your butt burned,

a mouthful of guts, of blood,

tears you prayed you’d never

have to cry and risking betrayal

when you hang naked. But let them

also tell you the world is waste

and the only gold there’s ever been

has been in the fire.

—by Shaman’s Key