Deferred Maintenance by Rolig Loon

Deferred Maintenance
Hebrews 13:2

In my experience,
Angels arrive quietly, not dancing on pinheads or making a great flapping
Of wings to announce themselves.
I always miss them completely,
Realizing only days later that they must have been responsible
For the feathery footprints in the snow on my doorstep.
I would have invited them in
If they had been more obvious and
If I hadn’t been busy with serious matters,
But I’m sure that angels understand that’s how life is.
Some day when I have less on my mind
They’ll be back again and I will be a proper host.
I will set out scones and tea, and we will chat about whatever it is that
Concerns angels.
I would like it to be said, when they return home, that they were
Well received.
I have made myself this promise each time, I know,
And I have always vowed to be more watchful.
The thing is,
Angels arrive so quietly.


11 thoughts on “Deferred Maintenance by Rolig Loon”

    1. Thanks, Malcadero. As soon as she shared it with me, I had to ask her if she would mind if I posted it. I have seen some of her poetry and think this is one of her finest pieces. Glad you liked it. You write some very fine poetry, yourself.

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  1. Thank you. I have come back to this passage in Hebrews many times over the years. It’s a troubling admonition. It calls me to look at my own behavior but can easily be taken to mean that I will be the one who benefits by welcoming angels, if I just keep my eyes open. As I wrote this poem, I was channeling the voice of the suburban housewife — Hyacinth Bucket, perhaps — who wants to be a “good person” by welcoming angels with scones and tea when it is convenient, going through the proper motions so that angels can report that they were well-received. The point of the passage, though, is that we should welcome strangers and thereby be doing the work of angels ourselves. If I am doing my job properly, it is the strangers who benefit.

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    1. Rolig. Thank you very much for letting me share this poem and thank you for giving us the backstory on how the poem came to be written. It’s generating some lovely comments.


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