Before they knew how to fly …they watched birds
all that flap & flutter of feathers… A boy once tried
it himself …Icarus-like …but with less
immediate success… hauling himself to the top of a wall
only to fall …over & over… again but at least
without the plummet into the blue Mediterranean
Whenever the Maker laughed …Watch this
delighted by their contraptions… rattling
along the beach …for us… the angels who’ve never
had to learn… it was like watching them struggling to reach
God …lifted on the wind of the Spirit …but tripping
when some preacher… tied their shoelaces together
The boy wondered whether angels have feathers
though knew little of wind… & even less of weightlessness
Leonardo tried many things… knowing how to look
& guess… & learn from every fall
perhaps knowing how God loves a puzzle
the biggest …an intricate universe… made… oh so discoverable
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