About Angels by Christine Klocek-Lim

About Angels

If I’d had my way, I wouldn’t have been born so
female. So human. Instead, I’d have emerged
from the world with wings lifting out
behind me like armor, each feather sharp
as confidence. Bright as conviction.
I would not have had to fight for my right to be
smart. To be certain. To be stubborn. To be choosy.
To be alive.

Angels exist as if there are no boundaries.
There are no gates along their ocean. No waves jailed
against their shores. There are no trees maimed
before all their leaves have reached the sky.
No branches broken in a violent wind.
No storms strike them down for speaking
too loud, too much, too fast. They haven’t fallen,
because they are already higher than the atmosphere.
Dirt can’t touch them. Dirt is unimportant.
They are not stupid, not mercurial, not difficult,
not hysterical, not invisible.

Angels do not hate themselves.
They don’t regret their past, or their hunger,
or their tomorrow.
They don’t wish upon a star.
The stars are their playthings.
Their playground is bigger than the world.
Bigger than the galaxy. Their universe is infinite.
Had I been born in a different universe I wouldn’t have been
lost. I wouldn’t be at war. I wouldn’t crave armor or wings
or stories about angels. I wouldn’t need permission
to be anything at all.

by Christine Klocek-Lim.

Editor’s Note: As an editor, I feel it’s important to avoid indiscriminate self-publishing, but on one day a year, perhaps you will forgive me (yes, it’s my birthday).


31 responses to “About Angels by Christine Klocek-Lim”

  1. Joyce Avatar

    Lovely! And happy birthday!

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar
  2. Olivia Avatar

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar
  3. Peg Duthie (she/her/hers) (@Zirconium) Avatar

    Happy birthday! May the next year be huge and bright in happy ways (and the small things sparkling and satisfying as well).

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Thank you, Peg.

  4. Irena Pasvinter Avatar

    Happy birthday!

  5. Ed Hack Avatar
    Ed Hack

    Happy Birthday!

  6. Janice D. Soderling Avatar

    Christine, I love this. Pamper yourself today. Thank you for all you do in the po’ world. 💖💖💖

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Thank you so much, Janice.

  7. Carol Amato Avatar
    Carol Amato

    And with this astounding poem, Christine, you have surely achieved angel status! Is that you I see above me with hopeful wings spread?

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Carol, thank you! That is a photo of me, trying to fly. 😉

  8. meridithleo Avatar

    Happy Birthday!


    I LOVE this poem! It mirrors what I have been thinking about this dark morning! Your use of the vernacular to talk about angels is perfect. I will save and savor this poem. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Joanne, thank you! I appreciate your response so much.

  10. Judith Waller Carroll Avatar

    Lovely poem. Happy Birthday!

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Thanks so much, Judith.

  11. Robert Bradshaw Avatar
    Robert Bradshaw

    Happy birthday! Some very nice and quotable
    lines in your poem….

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Thank you, Robert.

  12. OPW Fredericks Avatar

    “I’d have emerged
    from the world with wings lifting out
    behind me like armor, each feather sharp
    as confidence. Bright as conviction.”

    Those lines will stick with me for quite a while

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar
  13. Lori Levy Avatar
    Lori Levy

    Happy birthday! Beautiful poem.

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Thank you, Lori.

  14. alariepoet Avatar

    I’m sure we’d forgive you more often than that. Your poetry is a pleasure.

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Thank you, Alarie. 🙂

  15. Dave Williams Avatar

    This “emerged” subtly and stunningly. In Stanza 1 the feather sharp wings are fantastic. Stanza 2 is probably my favorite, especially the use of the tree metaphor. If there are strange angels all over in this, they come together nicely at the end. This fits birthday perfectly, but would be intriguingly beautiful anyway. Must be something about angels . . . .

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Dave, thank you. I am fond of the sharp feathers image, so I appreciate you mentioning it.

  16. Betsy Andrea Mars Avatar

    Happy birthday! A lot of what we all have experienced is expressed here – the expectations and limitations and all the rest. I am glad you were born here, in this form. Thank you for sharing your poem.

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Thank you so much, Betsy.

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