The god stands naked at the temple door.
Crowned with antler and autumn leaf, he leads us, also naked, out and down.
Into the Underworld. Into the cave. Into the belly of the Earth.
Darkness of darkness.
He kneels to her. He raises his flame.
In darkness, we sing. Asking for life, we sing.
In darkness, the apple passes, and we eat. Life has a price.