I was walking in a forest so deep where I could not even see the stars. I could hear animals howling as the wind picked up speed. Suddenly, I felt something touch me. I turned back and saw a woman. She was clothed in white. Her hair was so light a shade of blonde, it was white. She wore a crown of olive leaves, and slippers of gold, and yet the most distinct, the most frightful, features of this beautiful woman were her eyes. She had no iris. Her entire eye was a cloudy sapphire, for she was blind. Nonetheless she stared right at me, right into my eyes, into the window of my soul and I was lost. Lost in contemplation, a slave to lustful passions , vanities and pride. Then she spoke, “Bona Fortuna.”
At this she raised her left hand, as if to dismiss me, and within a moment I was accompanied by three figures clothed all in white cloth and armor. Their faces covered, along with their hands and feet, wearing iron gloves and galoshes. Not an inch of human flesh was visible, and each one carried a scythe. These men were my escorts ordered to take me away. To take my body, my mind and my soul, but I was not ready to leave. My mind, my body and my soul were not ready to leave.
Anxiety and fear overcame my mind, while my blood boiled at a mortal temperature. I could see the woman was amused. She smiled, and her expression was laughter. The clothed creatures continued to show me out. When I turned my attention from the woman to see where I was going I saw no light. In fact, I saw nothing, but I heard the cries. I heard the cries and the screams and the curses of many in suffering. The rattling of chains and the roar of a fire. The beating sound of my own heart was easily audible. Suddenly and unexplainably my fear became a courage; my anxiety, an overwhelming tranquility. I was at ease, and in one swift motion I left my escorts. I sprinted toward the woman, the woman whom all men fear, and I grabbed her by her precious curls. Her crown fell to the ground and the gasps of the gods roared in thunder.
And so I cried, “This life I will leave exhausted! My death will be within the fray. Lady Fortune may control my surroundings, but never what is inside of me.”
And so I turned to the heavens, and the stars became visible to me as I became visible to the stars.