Falling in Love with Angels

[ This was too delicious NOT to share. Thank you Jennifer Louden for sharing this on YOUR blog; thank you Jack Ridl for the beauty of your words. – Jen]

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The Materialism of Angels
by Jack Ridl

Of course the angels dance. If not

on the head of a pin, then maybe

on the boardwalk along the ocean of stars.

And they eat hot and spicy: salsa,

Tabasco, red peppers. They love

mangos. They can munch

for hours on cashews. Olives

sit in bronze bowls on the cherry

tables next to their canopy beds

where the solace of pillows swallows

their sweet heads and the quiet

of silk lies across their happy backs.

They know the altruism of material things.

They want to say to us, “We’ll sleep

next to you. Feel our soft and unimposing

flutter across your shoulders, on your

heartbroken feet.” They want us

to take, eat, to smell the wood,

run our tired fingers over the rim of

every glass, give our eyes the chance

to see the way the metal bends and

curves its way into the black oval

of the chair. They want us to feel

the holiness of scratching where it

itches, rubbing where it hurts. They

want us to take long, steamy showers

and a nap. They know how easily

we follow directions: hook the red wire

to the front of the furnace, fill in only

the top half of the life insurance form.

They have no manuals for joy.

They can’t fix anything we break.

They wonder why we never laugh

enough, why we don’t know God

is crazy for deep massage, and loves

to wail on an alto sax whenever they dance.

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From Broken Symmetry (Wayne State University Press, 2006). See also: Comfort Queen by Jennifer Louden and Jack Ridl’s website. Broken Symmetry can be purchased here.

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