Ángeles Santos, 1929
A girl looked up from under
a strangle of trees at
the star-singed sky
and wondered if it was true.
If those strangely cloaked musicians
strummed the same melodies for
the angels that pricked the sun
to light the stars.
That strange kaleidoscope of flares.
The others didn’t see it that way.
Their music was thunder
and their stars were clouds
and the stairs leading to heaven
weren’t blocked by angels
but by a bend of indefinite darkness.
Still, she saw the rows of the world
they all shared.
That they all danced and hid and loved in
and she knew she could draw her candle on
the surface of the dirt and out would spill
Hannah Wagener is a part-time poet and part-time embroidery artist. She is perhaps best known for her work as a background actor in South View Middle School's 2005 production of "The Hoboken Chicken Emergency."
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