The 2River View, 18.2 (Winter 2014)
Every angel is terrifying.
He comes in the dark, breaks doors,
muscles his way through windows.
His wings wrap around my heart like sin.
His words run through my blood
The morning after, an absence
has fallen across the bed—
a cavern of fear. Even rumpled,
the missing feathers prove me
Where is the lion who will eat of my heart?
Where is the lion who will dream in my skin,
stretch his paws out of this loose
hide, his limbs already heavy
Where is the lion’s shadow,
the only one I can look at and not go blind?
Thick-pelted, well-fed, it must rest elsewhere,
its mane gathering darkness, the weight of its wings