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Gwyneth Lewis – Ⅲ

How to Read Angels                       




Yes, information, but that’s never all,

there’s some service, a message. A lie dispelled,

something forgiven, an alternative world

glimpsed, for a moment, what you wanted to hear

but never thought possible. You feel a fool

but do something anyway and are filled

with delight as you unfold


like a wing in a thermal. If it’s peace

you’re left with after your left-of-field

encounter, that’s angels. If you feel less fear

and trust yourself less. But beware

of other voices, easier to bear

which sound more like angels than angels do

but leave you in turmoil, saying ‘More. More. More.’