Out Of The Ashes

Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down!
-nursery rhyme, “Ring Around The Rosie”

“All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.” -Ecclesiastes 3:20

“Christ, cut us up to little pieces. We’ll die for what is right! Put fruit trees where our ashes are!” -Agate Keller in the play “Waiting For Lefty” by Clifford Odets, originally produced by The Group Theatre in 1935

Yeah, maybe Matty’ll get his shit together, that happens in
prison, y’know, maybe he’ll be reborn outta the ashes a this, like the phoenix, y’know the phoenix?
Yeah, I know the Phoenix, s’a city in Arizona, asshole, so

-excerpt from the play “Gus’s Fashions & Shoes” by Ron Klier, originally produced by Vs. Theatre Company in 2015

Sometimes it’s gotta be decimated. Torn down to the studs. Blow that motherfucker to the ground.

For it is at max pessimism, when all hope is lost, when nothing remains but ashes…that the phoenix rises.

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