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The Archangel of Damage

the world was once new
peopled with the industrious
hoping themselves into the future
planting their flag in the much more

under impassive stars
they constructed houses   
but they were built with dust                                        
and vandalized by inertia

even in sunlight
below a limitless sky
the haze of shortening days
cast substantive shadows

they prayed to the absolute dark
snatched at happiness to fill the gaps
yet nothing changed
though so much happened

well ...  you get the idea
in the muddle
of the familiar
they never saw him coming


Biography
Les Bernstein's poems have appeared in journals, presses and
anthologies in the U.S.A. and internationally. Her chapbooks
Borderland,
Naked Little Creatures, and Amid the Din have been published by
Finishing Line Press. Les is a winner of the 6th annual Nazim Hikmet
Festival. She also was a Pushcart Prize Nominee for 2015. Les has
been the editor of Redwood Writer's anthologies for 2018, 2019 and
2020 and also the editor of the
Marin High School Anthology 2018. She
lives in Mill Valley with her very large family.

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Previously published in
Eleventh Transmission:
"The New Normal" by Arianna Sebo.

Published March 29, 2020

45 Poems of Protest: The Pandemic

The Archangel of Damage

by Les Bernstein
(Mill Valley, California, USA)
Eleventh Transmission: "The Archangel of Damage" by Les Bernstein
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