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Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Angel Behind Bars

Paris, 2006
                        
 
 
It was hard to tell if they were raising or lowering it 
into or out of the Parisian light. Angel that could be 
 
measured in years or tons — weather-worn, pitted, gray, 
like all the old ideas of heaven. 
 
(If a crane had played God, it had vanished for the day.) 
There was a turquoise strap chained to its throat, 
 
as though a piece of sky had been torn into scraps
to tether it steady. If faith is a dark cellar, 
 
the angel’s feet were just a few steps away. 
And the bars?  Okay, 
 
they were only the guardrails above the cellar stairs—
still, the eyeless eyes held something 
 
prisoner there. 
 

Copyright 2021 Susan Kelly-DeWitt

Susan Kelly-DeWitt’s books include Gravitational Tug (Main Street Rag, 2020).

There are more than 1,000 angels on public buildings in Paris. Here, the Archangel Michael slays the demon in the form of a crocodile. Placed above the Basilica chevet in 1903.

4 comments on “Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Angel Behind Bars

  1. Lorrie Carter
    April 14, 2021

    Angels are the warriors of heaven.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kim4true
    April 14, 2021

    I adore Paris. I wonder if I’ll ever see it again… Or it’s angels and gargoyles.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      April 14, 2021

      I spent several months in Paris in 1974, one of the most memorable experiences of my life. It is truly the City of Light.

      Liked by 1 person

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