Somebody said,
A long time ago,
That the fire can burn away
Any earthly strings.

(flames need not always burn)

To detach yourself,
So completely,
Could help you open
New eyes,
Clearer ones
Unclouded from judgment.

(flames can heal as well as)

Piles of ashes can be
What’s left of a funeral pyre;
Or the start of something smaller,
But stronger.

(the water can.)

Brush off the ash –
Rid yourself of earthly ties –
And emerge;
Younger, stronger, wiser this time.