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The Coming of Angels

Deserted, she lies waiting in the grass
For death to come.
The flashlight beam picks out the lone face,
A world of blackness and two great ears.
Eyes below reflect battery light,
And a terror almost forgotten,
Almost irrelevant in this small thing's dying.

Oh Death!
So vast a presence for so small a thing as this?
The calf wobbles back and falls
Into the grass while trying to rise.

My wife, on her knees,
Stroking and cooing compassion. She makes
Mother-noise, and slowly the calf responds,
Tilting her body back from death
Into more gentle arms.

Mother beside me hovers,
Close to an angel in memory.
All that I know of succor come in the night
To touch another child lost.

And I, grumbling behind to hold the light
And witness the miracle.
Scanning the dry weeds for copperheads
I feel yet the power of the women

My wife smiles up from the ground,
Her fingers, sticky from their task,
Have been the means to life for me as well.
As once I lay waiting in the dark for Death,
With no expectation of the coming of light,
And Angels.

------
Paul Godfrey


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The following comments are for "The Coming of Angels"
by SamPark

Angels
Sampark;
This was absolutely beautiful. "The Master's Touch" that entered into her had entered into the calf. Beauties from the Hand of God, how Awesome that is. I enjoyed this very much, A very nice poem and heartwarming.

Blessings,
{{{Jeannie}}}

( Posted by: JEANNIE45 [Member] On: May 12, 2004 )

Coming of Angels
Great detail, wonderful words!

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: May 12, 2004 )

There are Angels and angels...
What a powerful tribute to the power of love to conquer and change things!

Eloquently put!

Soberly reminding us of our abilities to give life to others, some of whom may merely offer the use of a flashlight for a lingering moment, yet who can be changed by that short experience for all eternity. Well done!

( Posted by: MaxiiJ [Member] On: May 13, 2004 )

thanks
I've just read several of your pieces and I particularly enjoy the way you write. It is at once both extremely personal and objective. An interesting tension I try to put into my work as well. Please continue sharing this with us! Thanks

( Posted by: wrdekle [Member] On: June 7, 2004 )





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