The angel reconsiders
The flame over its head twists and flickers.
A cowlick of wonder. Through the sinew
of transparent wings flows the blood of creation.
It lifts and sets down, interlocks fates, initiates
patterns we feel in our hearts when things die
and when things are born. It has been feeding.
It looks to the lower middle left, that place we look
when we are thinking about the truth.
It would be a good year to start from scratch,
the angel thinks. Its round face,
blue like a baby’s eye, blinks. Nothingness
begins to melt into a terrible form
of a hand and dark thoughts. Then
the angel reconsiders. Its wings spread
high, high, higher, into a sacred shrug.
The hand is left alone, reaching for its maker.