BY: JORGE BONILLA
The Venezuelan presidential election, called after the confirmed death of strongman Hugo Chávez, is in full swing. The ruling United Socialist Venezuelan Party kicked off its 10-day campaign at a chat session/rally held at the Chávez family compound in Barinas. Watch as Caretaker President Nicolás Maduro describes today’s encounter with Chávez, who came in the form of a bird and urged his acolyte to victory.
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|There was a large photo of him.|
|There was a statuette of
José Gregorio Hernández, and a Christ.
|Suddenly, a small bird flew in.
And he flew over me three times.
|He landed on a wooden beam over here,
and he began to sing.
|A song there…(it was) pretty.|
|I looked at him…and I sang back at him.
I said, “if you sing at me, I’ll sing at you”.
|And so I sang.
|The little bird looked at me kind of funny,
sang a little, flew around me for a bit, and left.
|I felt his spirit…I felt him as though
he were giving us his blessing…saying to us,
|“Today the battle begins.”|
|“Go forth to victory, you have our blessings”.|
|That’s what I felt in my soul,
and that’s what I feel…
|the same as what you felt, Jorge.|