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The Fragility of Angels by Mark J. Mitchell


A glass angel was lost in song. The call

from earth broke her out. Escaping music

she dropped, her speed fed by joy. Her short fall

was named to break her into shards—sharp sticks

of glass to pierce fog hiding unmourned sins.

When someone prayed, that was her job. She’d show

her face reflecting the face of a prayer.

Wounds bled. She wasn’t safe for most humans.

She endangered herself. Her fine fragments snowed

earthward. Broken angels can’t be repaired.

Some small pieces, though, got stuck in bare flesh—

A foot or finger—a mouth would curse God—

mildly. Warm blood and remorse formed a nest.

She’d wait. Some cold day, the flesh, for some odd

reason, would wander through an open door—

Some temple or church. A place made holy

by ignorance and desire. There, a cruel saint

could see her and weep. That was enough. More

would be sacrilege. She’d become lonely,

sing a mirror, rise, keeping her chant plain.

Mark J. Mitchell’s latest novel, The Magic War just appeared from Loose Leaves Publishing. A Full-length collection of poems will released next year by Encircle Publications. He studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock. His work has appeared in the several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. Three of his chapbooks— Three Visitors, Lent, 1999, and Artifacts and Relics—and the novel, Knight Prisoner are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. He lives with his wife the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster and makes a living pointing out pretty things in San Francisco.

A meager online presence can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MarkJMitchellwriter/






By Harley Claes

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