Damned or divine
between grace and fire
Angel Jesus
never really arose
still communes
holy memoranda.

We lesser angels
hover our purgatory
waiting to be called—
deliver organic messages
pertinent to life
or death
all this time.

Richard Eric Johnson lives and writes poetry in Arlington, Virginia. He has authored four full-length poetry collections and his poetry has appeared in numerous online and print journals. Eric is also a Pushcart nominee. He is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in Germanic Languages and an M.S. in Education.