1. A Man and an Angel, studies for a poem

    Believe me, said an angel, I will save you.
    No, said a man, I don’t believe you.
    You have to believe me, said the angel

    and he drove away the ambition of the man
    and his painful omniscience,
    gave him peace
    and large quantities of a rare,
    resilient happiness, such as had never been described.

    Do you believe me now, the angel asked
    and he looked at the man with unparalleled love
    and tenderness
    and the man whispered: I don’t believe you.


    In the end,
    if we just wait long enough,
    if we have seen beauty change shape
    and justice bend over backwards,
    if we have cherished hope,
    if we believe we have believed in something true
    and feel we have loved until we withered
    and could not go on,
    so help us our self-knowledge-
    in the end,
    out of everything that was
    and could have been and should have been
    in heaven as on earth
    there only remains
    a man fighting with an angel
    night falls
    and the angel strikes him down.

    ~ Toon Tellegen ~

  2. Angel Survival, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, September 2005
    Debbie Fleming Caffery

  3. The Fallen Angel
    Judy Bustamante