revolt of the “angel”

angel break new crop - July 18, 2014m

Recently, a friend joked about a man who’d addressed his fiancé as “my beloved angel”…

Yes, I did roll my eyes…

But then I asked this friend: aren’t we all beloved angels?

In my belief system, buried beneath even the deepest dross lies a pure spirit.

Even Lucifer began as a beloved angel.

Like Lucifer, the fiancé had revolted—she’d bolted.

I don’t blame her…

No matter how kind and gentle she was, the role of beloved angel would, in time, surely become a burden.  A limitation—a shrinking of her sphere of expression.

French poet Baudelaire showed us the greater possibilities when he wrote:

“From heaven or hell, O Beauty, come you hence?” *

Even so, I really have to strain my vision to see both sides when I believe I’m looking an angel…or at a Lucifer.

But if I don’t try, I may likely rue my mistake…

The beloved will, in time, shatter the confining role of angel…

On the other hand, if I see only a Lucifer, I’ll miss another truth.

(* translation by Dorothy Martin, from the New Directions editon of The Flowers of Evil.)

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
SKY ROPE poetry


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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