i fell in love

falling
down
down
down
past the center
of the earth
down down down
past the 7 levels of hell
down down down
past the river styx
past the ancient graveyard of souls
past the 87 tests of heracles
past the foul stench of golgathan himself

into the swirling magma
at the center of the earth
and emerged
a phoenix
from the ash and flame

alive
and clothed in shimmering raiment
of the purest samite
while 9 billion virgin souls
fell prostrate
at our feet
begging
for food
and shelter
and the promise
that we are the nation
of all

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