How will you live when you longer live? – a liturgy

From Ikon’s event ‘The End’ at Greenbelt Festival 2013. By Chris Fry.

If there is nothing hiding behind the stars…
How will you live when you longer live?

If your body swirls toward the dust…
How will you live when you longer live?

If your papers and books and your precious wonderful words fade like dew on sun kissed morning…
How will you live when you longer live?

All sing: I’ll be gone in a day or two

If your goodness and perfect belief cannot conjure heaven’s gates…
How will you live when you longer live?

If your every cell protests its plight…
How will you live when you longer live?

If your loving children let go of your shadow and leave you quietly in the darkness of your grave…
How will you live when you longer live?

All sing: I’ll be gone in a day or two

If when you stare deeply into the falmes of hell and discover there a mirror, a mirror in which you see a little-you tortured by your ordinary distracted mother and your tired and bored father. A little-you scared by bullies and exclusion and hurt and the first time a loved one tore you from yourself with their touch and their words until you thought you might die with pleasure. And then with that same tongue unwanted you, uncoiled themselves from your arms and left you alone. A little-you full of rage and punishment. If you stare into the flames of hell and see your forgotten hurt self trying to make its way home…
How will you live when you longer live?

If every incantation you wield falls foul of the current of decay and your tired bones ache with each step and stair. When the darkness opens its unyielding maw…
How will you live when you longer live?

If your poetry and your pictures and your words are blindness upon blindness, fortresses of hope fashioned from doubts and loves. Desperate attempts to cast your memories into a future that cares nothing for you. If you do not want to be forgotten…
How will you live when you longer live?

All sing: I’ll be gone in a day or two

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