Who By Fire

One more on Death.

This is Leonard Cohen’s ‘Who By Fire’. It is about the many ways in which we will meet Death. No one knows. It is inevitable. All will end.

But how one will die is really immaterial. From Conscious Awareness the only question worth answering is how one wants to live. It is not hard to get off the merry-go-round.

One just has to want it bad enough.

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And who by fire, who by water
Who in the sunshine, who in the night time
Who by high ordeal, who by common trial
Who in your merry-merry month of may
Who by very slow decay
And who shall I say is calling?

And who in her lonely slip, who by barbiturate
Who in these realms of love, who by something blunt
Who by avalanche, who by powder
Who for his greed, who for his hunger
And who shall I say is calling?

And who by brave assent, who by accident
Who in solitude, who in this mirror
Who by his lady’s command, who by his own hand
Who in mortal chains, who in power
And who shall I say is calling?


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