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.

35 Replies to “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.

  2. Love this poem & your heart so much! <3
    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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