THE FOUNTAIN & THE FEATHER
I saw the angel from four blocks away
I hesitated, trembling: I heard him say,
“I know you from among the stars –
You’re one of them, you’re wholly ours.”
But somewhere his voice became a song.
He held out a hand I shakily took
He pulled me in closer, he gave me a look
Not one word aloud, but a music arose
He tugged me forward, I stood on his toes.
We danced together down an empty street
That led to a fountain so cool in the heat.
He trailed his wingtips, I soaked my feet.
No words were needed, nor did we say
Together, invisible to all on the way…
When a kid popped between us, tossing a dime
And grinned at each of us, one at a time.
At sunset we parted. I watched him fade
One feather remained; one only had stayed.
I reached for it slowly, glowing & white –
When a small hand quick-snatched it into the night!
That child again! Not home in his bed?
“It’s just what I wished for!” He hollered & fled.
July 1, 2022