Happy Memorial Day

May 29, 2016

Yard Sale Angel by Bonnie Thurston

There she stood, golden
among discarded
detritus from someone’s
basement or attic.
She already had
one strike against her,
being clearly female
when biblical angels
are (naturally) male.
And she had acquired
a broken wing.
You could still see
the mended crack.
Not long after
she was given to me
that wing fell off
Nothing I tried could
restore her wholeness.
There are things even
Super Glue can’t mend.
There are angels
not made to fly,
to hover in heaven
singing gloria in excelsis,
but to linger in basements
or attics, worth keeping
as silent reminders
unrepairable brokenness
can still be holy.

Thank you to all the men and women of the armed forces who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy and the families who shared them with us.

Happy Memorial Day!