WINGS

…so he called her stupid
and said how can there be angels
if there is no god
? And she
[who had never even heard
the name Quantico] said Easy,
just imagine The Round Table
without Arthur.
At which he pulled
his oh-you-poor-dumb-creature face
and groaned – that’s what I mean:
who tells them what to do
?
And she said, no one needs to;
they know what to do;
they know what goodness is –
they’re angels
!
Arms folded now, but less belligerent
he questioned: So they know what’s right,
right? Yes,
she said, but she could see
he still didn’t get it, so she went on
It’s easy, really; all the goodness
there ever was – every impulse
ever spawned in consciousness –
[because to be good an act must be
more than instinct- inherited behavior ]
goodness in the universe
began at last to aggregate
because it is by nature cohesive
and it’s kinda like the amino acids
that eventually became life…
goodness grew … evolved …
and eventually there were angels

Oh yeah, he smirked and what about
all the EVIL impulses?
Evil
tends rather to isolation,
she replied
evil is divisive…
Goodness
is more like a snowball…
it grows bigger and stronger and
I guess it will some day
hold evil in check
I dunno but I think eventually
it’ll all come out right…

IF nothing stops it, he challenged.
Nothing can, she said. It can’t be
destroyed completely…it’s
like a network…

and what about when there’s a new angel ?
he wondered aloud, sincerely…
It’s only a virtual table
she answered
smiling

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