Die a death of roses,
Die a death of steel,
Die a death of metal thorns,
Die a death for real,

Fly away from troubles,
Fly away from strife,
Fly away from effort,
Fly away from life,

An end to suffering,
An end to pain,
An end to all the sorrow,
An end to all that might be gained,

Live with thorns and see the roses bloom,
Live with pain outside the tomb,
Die with thorns to end the sting,
Die without thought to what rose blossoms might bring.

05/13/2003