Azrael

Azrael


She held out

The last two feathers

All that remained of her wings

Angel 

They called her

Always giving of herself

Without expectation of return

Offering her support

To anyone that needed it

What did she require of feathers

Now she had the ground 

Beneath her feet


Words: ©2021LCR

Image: No Claim

Submitted to: The Sunday Muse #153


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  1. The angel of death... brilliant. Women give so much of themselves. This beautiful poem brings that to light stunningly. So glad the image brought you to join us this week Lori!

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    1. Thank you. And thank you for the wonderful prompt. :) It was an offering in more ways than one.

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  2. Emoteful. She gave of herself until there was nothing left to give. Makes me want to weep..

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  3. As a kid I thought those winged bones on our back were from being an angel or becoming one. Here is my poem for the day http://www.looseleafnotes.com/2021/03/to-write-a-poem/

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    1. Maybe at one time they were. I'll check it out!

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  4. Bravo this is a stunner
    Thanks for dropping by to read mine


    (✿◠‿◠)
    much love

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  5. Simply stunning, Lori ~~~

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  6. This angel gave so much of her earned wings to others, to only find her self grounded
    to the earth. Feathers often grow back, let us hope hers will once again sprout.

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  7. “What did she require of feathers” ... Gorgeous transition.

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  8. I really like where this poem was going and how it ended.

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  9. Grounded yet she has blessed so many. Beautiful and devastating at the same time.

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  10. Lori, I am glad you wrote this. I am representative of the sow's ear type, I did not know of Azrael so I read up on him. No, he should not need any feathers.
    I need now to learn how to prounce his name. I suppose he (what I read it is "he" although he appears as no-sex or either).
    Good Job!!
    ..

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    1. Thank you. I nearly changed it to Azraelle to make it more feminine but preferred the actual name. I tried to show a shift from the divine to human so definitely doesn't need feathers and like death is a transformation from one state to another. I'm gonna have to do some more reading up on angels; their back stories are very interesting.

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  11. Her sacrifice and the acceptance is absolutely awe inspiring. Love the close. "What did she require of feathers / Now she had the ground / Beneath her feet" My favorite lines.

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  12. Beautiful... I so loved the journey your poem took me on.

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  13. oooooo...this makes me want an entire novel resting behind this. Amazing.

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    1. Thank you. I'm pretty sure she has a few stories to tell. :)

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