The Angel of Life
by Julie Wornan
Unfolds a paper. Holds it with trembling fingers. Reads:
The first cry.
The first word.
The first love.
Carefully, carefully, like holding a snowflake. The angel unfolds the paper and reads:
The striving. The bafflement. The breakthrough.
The hard times. The despair.
The painful decision.
The fall. The shame.
The coming to terms. The self-acceptance. The calm.
The angel smoothes the paper. Unfolds it further. Leans closer.
Breathes hotly. (Forgets that its breath is so hot.)
The paper catches fire and is consumed.
Again! The Angel sighs deeply. Deeply.
And reaches for another paper.
Copyright © 2009 by Julie Wornan