They lead me to a stage made out of wood.
People cheering, all in happy mood.
There is a rope. They tie it all around my chest.
Another rope. This time attaching my body to the stalk.
All are shouting. Screaming for a show.
So here they bring another rope.
They light the fire, I breathe in the smoke.
I hear them all.
All waiting for my fall.
There is no fear.
I still can hear.
They’re all looking in my direction.
No one seeing my reaction.
No one knowing how I looked.
No one caring why I burnt.
My eyes open against my will.
I just want to stop to feel.
But instead I look and really see.
I lock my eyes at them, but no one at me.
The flames begin to reach my body.
I cannot think, my mind is foggy.
It quiets down. I cannot hear the screams.
I have no choice but to close my eyes and breathe it in.
I wish I did not have to feel.
But I did.
I felt it all.
Until all left was my ash laying on the floor.
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