Breathe in, Breathe out. I picked up the bar, And tugged as hard as I could. As I tugged, I felt as if I was no longer man, But now a machine. For just a moment, My flesh was no longer flesh, But had become steel, For just a moment, I was much, much more than human. For just a moment, I was the Overman, An upwards moving force, A going over, A delving under, No longer bound by my stupid human imperfections, I was, For just a moment, A wild beast of nature, A force far beyond human comprehension, For just a moment, I was energy itself, I was the material that God used to craft the universe, For just a moment, I was one with the universe, I was in complete control of my destiny. For just a moment, I was no longer “I,” But “I” had been transformed into Ares, “I” had become Mars, Skanda, Tyr, Kyzaghan, Verethragna, Woden, Neit, Ogun, Ekwensu, For just a moment, I was a conqueror, For just a moment, I heard the calling of my forefathers, I heard them say “pick it up and join us,” For just a moment, I saw the face of God, The All-Consuming Fire, The Creator of the Universe, The Deliverer of Justice, The One whose very name brings tears to the evil and the wicked, Yes, For just a moment, I saw His Face, And I knew, For just a moment, I was no longer alive, Nor was I dead, But I was in a state of self-overcoming, I was in a state of rebirth. I felt my grip loosen, And as I brought the bar to my waist, For just a moment, My body became a line pointing all the way up to Heaven. And then, in that short moment, I let go, “SLAM!” Like a lightning bolt, The bar hit the ground, With such a thunderous sound, That the birds nearby flew off in fear. I stepped away, And I rejoined humankind, I returned to my normal life, I laughed and I cried just as any human does, But every day I remembered, In the back of my mind, That I was once more. I had tasted power once, And I needed to taste power once again, So every day, When I am done with my papers and my friends, I leave humanity again, And for just a moment, I become more.
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