Walked with angels

You are the wonder of the world
a red man come from desert

you saved this girl from drowning in sand

pricked her lips with cacti juice

told her of the stars in your mouth

collapsing mountains

summoning sleeping giants to lie beneath us.

With cicadas, you wove me a blanket of safety

though you had nothing

you gave me all.

From the empty handed

comes the greatest gift

unfolding like paper water lillies

leaving stigmatas in my palm

the shape of echoing stars.

Never apologize 

Dearest

for being poor or empty handed

when your feathers are full and sunset lifts you high

the circumference of your heart

longer than a sincere word

taught me humility

and how to know 

the tenderness of kindness comes often 

from those who receive no thanks

for they are not rich

nor need those things to sustain their souls

walking with angels.

You are a man of your ancestors

truth in the words

as the bell chimed, you took me to be yours

pouring salvation into candles 

lighting my way to freedom.

So many years I had been caught by the neck

twisting in the wind unable to escape

the trap of circumstance

and in one pull 

you gathered me close and saved me

a hunter turned tender 

for the fluttering of his people

bestowing goodness like late harvest.

From the empty handed

comes the greatest gift

before we reach heaven

we may have still

walked with angels.

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35 thoughts on “Walked with angels

  1. This reads like it begged to be written. It’s a beautiful piece with a resonance to it that is much like some of your older work. I love these lines:

    “unable to escape

    the trap of circumstance

    and in one pull

    you gathered me close and saved me

    a hunter turned tender

    for the fluttering of his people

    bestowing goodness like late harvest.

    From the empty handed

    comes the greatest gift

    before we reach heaven

    we may have still

    walked with angels.”

    A bit upbeat too, hopeful. That, by itself, is beautiful.

    Like

  2. This made me smile. Your poems always remind me of a pure kind of love that doesn’t need to be answered in any concrete way. It makes me feel like someone else gets it.

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  3. Love this poem & your heart so much! ❤
    Don't have the proper words to do this justice… your words touch my heart & soul in a way that not many things do, like looking at the most breathtaking sunset or a new born baby, I just stand in awe of something too beautiful for words.

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