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---And the Angel Looked On

"I heard an angel speak last night and he said "write" - Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

that was the last word he whispered before his eyes closed forever...

I close my own eyes, bite my lower lip, 'til I taste tin, stone angel crying with me...
The wind sends chills through me, as the heavens threatened to weep
brown leaves skittering between my feet, seeking for shelter.
How I related to those leaves: dry...brittle...dead.

I look at the Angel that watches over him,imploring for answers, 
begging this Guardian to take pity on me, help me remember. 
She only looks at me, with tears in her eyes, her beautiful face
always looked enigmatic to me, for she was smiling...
and yet those tears hinted at sadness, 
seemingly reprimanding me with her look.
I bow my head in shame, and reach for her hands, 
but I only feel cold, hard stone...not unlike my heart

My throat catches, I can hardly breathe--
I loosen my grip, feeling it might burn this time
...from guilt, for forgetting...

I glance at her magnificent wings, and wished I had them, too,
if only to fly away, but my feet are stuck on the ground, 
with a heart buried in regret.

I whisper one word: "Sorry":spoken so softly, I think I only said it in my heart;
I say it louder, my body wracked with sobs, my heart bleeding crimson tears of anguish. 
I look at the Angel and notice something on her sash--
One pristine white feather lay there-a stark contrast to the moss covered stone.
I take the feather, notice wordings etched on the sash--and scraped off moss, 
Tennyson's words go straight to my heart...
" 'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."

The memories come back like a flash flood, assaulting me, bringing me back to that day.
He told me he had an angel carved to be with him at his grave, 
since I, his angel, couldn't always be there for him. And that he understood, 
that it was okay. I shrugged it off, told him I love him forever.
I still do, that's why it shamed me that I also love another now.

Seeing those words, I felt such a sense of peace, like he was embracing me, 
smoothing out my hair like he used to, telling me it was all right. 
I blink back tears, and say "Thank you" this time...I hug the Angel and I felt warm.
Drizzle and sunlight bounced off each other as I walked away. 
I turn my head around to his grave
--and the Angel looked on with a smile.

Constance's Angels in Cemeteries contest
 June 18, 2011

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  1. Date: 8/28/2015 11:34:00 PM
    Awesome, love to read this kind of poetry. This is the first poem I came to...... going to favs :)

  1. Date: 7/15/2011 6:46:00 AM
    nikko, I am finally mailing your certificate for your First place win in my contest. I have no idea how long it will take to get to the Phillippines, but I am walking over to the post office this afternoon and sending it. Love Constance

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 10:35:00 PM
    Aha! Here is a 1st place winner of yours that I haven't seen yet. Whoa. Excellent narrative here. Could this be called prose poetry? Anyway, you nailed this contest, Nikko. Pure human emotions here, that I can really relate too. Yeah, for me this is your poem's strongest suit....even stronger than your vivid details. Congratulations~! Returned soupmail :D

  1. Date: 6/27/2011 8:49:00 AM
    and I just luv Angels and collect them as u know .. tremendous and impressive write my sweet friend Nikko.. appreciate the many comments u left me while visiting PS .. sure appreciate luv..

  1. Date: 6/25/2011 9:41:00 AM
    I DO believe in angels. This one you encountered was a good one. I like to think they are all good. Beautiful work. LOve, daver

  1. Date: 6/25/2011 9:39:00 AM
    Awesome and a great winner, Nikko! Sweet and thoughtful! Loved the read this late Saturday afternoon! Ingat and have a great time! Hugs, Gert:)

  1. Date: 6/25/2011 9:38:00 AM
    Well deserved win my dear sweet second eyes... Congrats to you!!!! always with luv and big hugs Michael

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 7:06:00 AM
    Congrats on your win. Very well deserved. Awesome.

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 12:40:00 PM
    Excellent narration Nikko, full of imagery. Thank you for Tennyson's words... Also thanks for following my poems. Your eyes are so sharp. The apostrophe is missing in one of my poems, I left that out for you to correct my dear ... Haha. Sorry to hear about those typhoons back home. I hope the latest one is not so devastating. I send you my love. Dalila

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 10:54:00 AM
    ey, nikks... anything new?? missing your gems! hi with hugggs.. lakas ng bagyo! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 10:08:00 AM
    Thanks for your comment, Nikko. Be sure to let me know when you post new work! Hope you are having a lot of fun pursuing baking, artwork and other activities. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 6:42:00 AM
    What a poignant piece this is. It brought tears to my eyes. It speaks of a sweet love story that ended too soon and she feels so guilty about moving on. Wonderful imagery. God Bless, JBss5f

  1. Date: 6/22/2011 8:03:00 PM!!!!!!!! awesome dear Our 16th, I read until the spill reveals mine .....yep ! Much love, james

  1. Date: 6/22/2011 4:55:00 AM
    Ow what an emotional story,very touching..hope ur fine sweet friend,hugs.

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 1:39:00 PM
    This really is beautiful, Nikko

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 11:48:00 AM
    Congrats on your win with this wonderful write...why didn't you remind me to include the first line told by CONSTANCE at the beginning of the poem...I remember you commented on my angel poem:(

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 5:00:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Constance's "Angel" contest Nikko. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 4:26:00 AM
    I'm so happy to see it there nikko and loved reading this poem again,, A Big Congrats to you on your top spot in this contest,,yesterday as I was about to congratulate you the net connection snapped, electricity too..due to storms. and, we had a good candle light time.huggs...

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 10:22:00 PM
    My goodness, Nikko. I had not even seen this yet. Did you barely get it entered? It's magnificent!! So imaginative. A very well deserved win. I'm happy to see your much success here today at Soup. Luv ,Andrea

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 1:37:00 PM
    My congratulations on the first place win in the contest, nikko