William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

EMPYREAN

When I was at the Mountain School I caught the Hong Kong Flu
stretchered down Church Mountain by my buds an AIRBORNE crew
I bounced around in a jeep amb, I was raving out of my head
Then I took a journey into the light from my hospital bed

Before I left into the light, I hovered o’er my bunk
I saw the Nursing Sister put a needle in my rump
I heard the Doctor say to her, “This temperature looks grim.
If we cannot get it down, I think we will lose him.”

I was calm and not afraid as I heard them talk
I wanted to get up and leave, but I could not walk
Instead I flew above the bed and went towards the light
It was bright and pleasant and it lit up the night

The light went out and I woke up, in a scalding bath
orderlies had dropped me in, they suffered my loud wrath
The Nursing Sister Captain said: Sarge you were out all night
She said that I’d been deathly sick and gave her quite a fright

Because of the boiling water, my whole body it was sore
Two young med A’s they left the scene as after them I swore
AIRBORNE soldiers are tough guys, supposedly with lots of guts
So I never mentioned this before, cause seeing lights, sounded nuts?

And from that day, down to this, I am not afraid to die
Because I know I saw the light, in the empyrean sky
I saw the smile upon my face before leaving for the light
I woke up sadly boiling hot and spoiling for a fight!

Submitted for the January 2005 IWVPA Club Theme Project, “Empyrean