Power And Glory - The Situation - Mike Rathke, Lou Reed

    I was visited by The Power and The Glory
    I was visited by a majestic hymn
    Great bolts of lightning
    lightning up the sky
    Electricity flowing through my veins

    I was captured by a larger moment
    I was seized by divinity's hot breath
    Gorged like a lion on experience
    Powerful from life
    I wanted all of it -
    Not some of it

    I saw a man turn into a bird
    I saw a bird turn into a tiger
    I saw a man hang from a cliff by the tips of his toes
    in the jungles of the Amazon
    I saw a man put a red hot needle through his eye
    turn into a crow and fly through the trees
    swallows hot coals and breathe out flames
    and I wanted this to happen to me

    We saw the moon vanish into his pocket
    We saw the stars disappear from sight
    We saw him walk across water into the sun
    while bathed in eternal light
    We spewed out questions waiting for answers
    creating legends, religions and myths
    Books, stories, movies and plays
    all trying to explain this

    I saw a great man turn into a little child
    The cancer reduced him to dust
    His voice growing weak as he fought for his life
    with a bravery few men know
    I saw isotopes introduced into his lungs
    trying to stop the cancerous spread
    And it made me think of Leda and The Swan
    and gold being made from lead
    The same power that burned Hiroshima
    causing three legged babies and death
    Shrunk to the size of a nickel
    to help him regain his breath
    And I was struck by The Power and The Glory
    I was visited by a majestic Him
    Great bolts of lightning lighting up the sky
    as the radiation flowed through him
    He wanted all of it
    Not some of it


    Marco Giunco
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