Works of fiction and poetry by friends of Bamboo Ridge Press.


Angel of Mercy

Published by RBIBEAU | Sunday, December 14, 2014 9:19 PM

A season for peace.

Angel of Mercy

Sitting on the saddle
of a crescent moon
the Angel of Mercy looks down
upon this wretched jewel
of the universe
called Earth.

This angel of great powers weeps
for the castaways
who suffer indignities
that are too much to bear
and who seek release
from their tormentors.

The Angel of Mercy calls upon
the children we hide
from society and

junkies, whores, criminals, crazies, different, exploited, raped, abused tortured, committed, imprisoned, marginalized, refugees, abandoned, disabled, disregarded

all who despair and who cannot defend themselves against injustice.

The Angel of Mercy beckons
them to follow the canyons
of the universe
to the other side
of the moon

the side that shines bright
from the sun
and knows no darkness.

Upon arrival
they will be greeted by

Van Gogh who shot himself
Modigliani who drank himself to death
will teach them to paint.

Beethoven who went deaf
Mozart who died a pauper
will teach them music

Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Gandhi
who were assassinated
will make them think
of equality and justice for all.

Great opera singers like Callas and Caruso
will bring joy to your voices
to please the ears of all
who hear you.

Great chefs like Julia Child
will teach you how to cook and appreciate
the wonders of spices, fruits, nuts, vegetables, meat, fowl and fishes
of the world.

Botanists will show you
the beauty and colors
of the garden
and smells
that delight the senses.

Jesus who was crucified
will give you
words of comfort
to learn to love yourself.

Nijinsky. Baryshnikov and Pavlova
will help you leap from the stage
to the stars.

Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Miller
will show you the mastery and
the power of the word
to tell your story.

Others will follow and teach you math, physics, astronomy, medicine, engineering, philosophy, languages, culture, history, legends, religions, psychology, metallurgy, geography, oceanography, literature, poetry, mysticism, and magic

and help you understand the connectedness of our past and future.

Then a great gathering
will occur on the white shore of a majestic blue ocean
where you will sit with your teachers
and learn silence, peace and love.

When the lessons are learned
they will rejoice as one
and forgive those who
trespassed against them;

and finally
the Angel of Mercy will weep raindrops
on these disposed inhabitants
to wash the everyday dust from their souls
to make them clean and whole again.

Richard Bibeau


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