Glory Road Rag

On the day you were reborn

by the stream where we first kissed

Do you remember the daughters of the water

dancing in the mist?

 

On the day you were reborn

I lifted you out of the stream

and set you high in the tree of life

for the wind to breathe

 

On the day the horsemen passed by

heaven opened our eyes

and we danced the glory road rag through Elysium

 

On the day we were married

and drank from Abraham’s well

everyone in the valley brought food for the feast

to wish us well

 

On the day we were married

I heard Mahalia sing

“Come down Jesus, come down easy

with a brush of your mighty wing.”

 

On the day you walked out of the tide

heaven opened our eyes

and we danced the glory road rag through Elysium

 

In fires across the junkyard

the children swing and sway

to call Michael back across the tracks

he burned on judgement day

 

As sure as the winter night

gets down underneath your clothes

there will come a morning light,

an Easter lily and a summer rose

 

Let the river rise

Let the horsemen pass by

We’ll be dancing the glory road rag through Elysium



-Jake Berry is a poet, musician and visual artist. The author of Brambu Drezi, Species of Abandoned Light, Drafts of the Sorcery, Genesis Suicide and numerous other books. He has been an active member of the global arts and literary community for more than 30 years. His poems, fiction, essays, reviews and other writings have been published widely in both print and electronic mediums. He regularly records and performs his songs solo and with the groups Bare Knuckles, Rayner Maeve, The Ascension Brothers and The Strindbergs. Cypress, his 12th solo album, was released in 2018. He lives in Florence, AL with his wife and a wild assortment of cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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