THE OBSESSION OF ANGELS
I understand the obsession of angels
singing in their desperate cage
and know the pleasures devils take
between the jubilation and the rage.
I know the angels fear escape
when women roam in the half-lit town
asking the moon to help them sleep
with anyone their heart would own.
The angels fiddle at their desks
inputting data on oblique machines
recounting sins of make believe
and fantasies of might have been.
When dawn returns the angels rest
translucent wings against the wire
while devils dance a rooftop jig
fresh with acts of fulfilled desire.
© Richard Tipping
The Obsession of Angels
Poem and voice by Richard Tipping
Banjo ukele & percussion by Kai Tipping
Sao H'mong flute by Jasper Tipping
Musical direction Grace Turner
Recorded by Izi in December 2013
Mixed by Kai Tipping 2015
© Richard Kelly Tipping
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