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The Blue-Eyed Angel

girl with angel wings

I watched her fall, delicate, white.
That’s how all angels look at first,
hair curled, wings full and feathery.
She flirted with the edges of clouds,
imagined herself losing weightlessness,
body suddenly becoming heavy, pulling.
That’s what happens to those who fall.
Gravity yanks them down like an anchor
dug deep in muddy soil. She had always
wanted to leave, never really fit with the rest.
Cracked her halo. Always lusting for mortal men:
fleshy bodies, wrinkles on the edges of their eyes
when they smiled. Something attractive
in their impermanence, in the unknown.
The other angels gasped when she fell,
but my heart ached to feel solid grains of sand
beneath my toes, the rough texture of a man’s
calloused palm pressed against my own.
The other angels turned their heads. But I see her.

Our eyes will meet when she looks to the sun,
smile on her face and a twinkle in her blue eyes.

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Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️

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