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"Things Angels Might Do" by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Things Angels Might Do

Disguise themselves as guide dogs

with their leather halos. Nudge over

the wrench when needed or hide

the phone when you shouldn’t

make that call. Blow through

a pin hole in a leave when you’re sad

to show you all is in motion.

Drop vials of rain on the barely-there

pond in a drought. Overlay better

dreams on the bad ones you’re having

on a very cold night. Float a canoe

toward you in the dream where

you’re afraid of drowning. Rise

as escaped feathers from an old pillow

and mingle with the dust of your old

anguish. Sing loud and off-key

because no one’s perfect. Wait

on the cusp of the next day without

expectation. Get wet or sun-burnt

on occasion for our benefit. Hold

our lives like Ukrainian nesting dolls

to show us at the center there’s

something solid where we all begin.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Kansas Poet Laureate Emerita, is the author of 24 books, including How Time Moves: New & Selected Poems; Miriam's Well, a novel; Needle in the Bone, a non-fiction book on the Holocaust; and The Sky Begins At Your Feet, a memoir. Founder of Transformative Language Arts, Mirriam-Goldberg leads writing workshops widely, coaches people on writing and right livelihood through the arts, and consults with businesses and organizations on creativity. You can find her online at www.carynmirriamgoldberg.com.



Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg