It is finished. Yes, this is the last time!
Never again the hook in the mouth, howling
To be cut free. Never again the same
Cage for cooping, wolftrap in wood of wailing.
What ways to heal the grieving heart? These three:
Prayer and fasting and a daily dying.
And if a fourth were needed, let it be
The crowning touch that sanctifies: forgiving.
Forgiveness absolute and unconditional
For all who crave forgiveness and who cry
For meaningfulness and the eternal,
And like the sibyl say—I long to die!
And may this mantra make your anguish end:
It is finished, finished, it is finished!