Why do Angels have Wings

Flying means Time to beat
Time to live, time to love
Wings that never strike a door
Bearing thoughts, like whiskey neat
Wafting air
so fresh to breathe
their arms brave
flutter with ease
waving watchful
o’er the floor
protecting each
freed by their reach
Not just here
and not just now
but tenderly
forever more.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..