Our poetic prompt for March was angels – and six of us submitted poems.
Monica Sharman discovers two angels – perhaps? – while running up the Centennial Trail. Sherri Southern theorizes that men might have come from fallen angels – and we’ve forgotten that once “we had wings upon our back.”
Megan Willome is adopted by two angels that seem to bark (Terrier angels / with a splash of dachshund and a spit of Jack Russell), and eat everyone’s broccoli.
Jody Ohlsen Collins and I both found inspiration in Gabriel the Archangel (mentioned three times in the Bible – if you know the three places you can note it in the comments) (and no cheating by looking it up in a concordance or Bible dictionary). I have him singing, while Jody has him playing an oboe.
I love the images of Gabriel in Jody’s poem: messenger, light bringer, holding one’s face to the sun. And I love the images of “brick-walled lies” and “stone-cold pain.”
The reference to “Mirricone” in the poem is to Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer and conductor who has written the scores for more than 20 award-winning films and spaghetti westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He’s also composed classical works, including ones for the oboe.
Listen to Gabriel’s music.
If Gabriel had an oboe
If Gabriel had an oboe,
as Morricone thought he might,
he’d summon me low and soft
as he did,
wooing me with ways and words
piercing my heart as he did.
the words in my hearing
to heal the piercing, release the flood
held back by brick-walled lies and
he’d hold my face
towards the sun,
as he did
and speak loudly over me
All participants in the March poetry prompt:
Monica Sharman: While Running Up Centennial Trial
Megan Willome: Angel, Fourth Class
Jody Ohlsen Collins: If Gabriel Had an Oboe
Glynn Young: Gabriel’s Song
Sherri Southern: We’re the Fallen Angels
Ann Wachter: Spirit Guide
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