Breath

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The most precious coin is the coin of a breath

Its loss is profit and profit its loss

The fire of the breath burns the body to death

 

Breathing in and breathing out, warp and weft

Weaving straw into gold and gold into cloth

The most precious coin is the coin of a breath

 

When all is spent then nothing is left

That nothing is precious, not what is lost

The fire of the breath burns the body to death

 

The murder of Abel is redeemed in Seth

Providence recycles all of the cost

The most precious coin is the coin of a breath

 

“Life’s but a walking shadow”, said Macbeth

With deep true meaning, no simple riposte

The fire of the breath burns the body to death

 

Merely an appearing, not to possess

The ground, a seed, a tree covered in moss

The most precious coin is the coin of a breath

The fire of the breath burns the body to death

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