Aphelion Issue 291, Volume 28
February 2024
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What it Means to Love in This Earth

or (After Watching Wings of Desire)

by Jean Jones

Why would an angel choose to be a human
and forgo eternity just for the sake of the love of a woman?

Why would an angel give its wings for Earth
when to be living is to be filled with thoughts of death?

Why would an angel become human on this Earth

where time is linear,
when uncertainty is a God,
when people only communicate to themselves,
when desire rules everything
like a sticky honey attached to people's mouths?

Because I suppose
angels never eat,
angels never sin,
angels never know how it is
to be trapped inside the labyrinth
inside a woman,
filled with her desire,
filled with one's hate,

always believing, always hoping
you won't ever
let go.

2017 Jean Jones

Jean Jones teaches English as a Second Language Basic Skills for Cape Fear Community College. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and has a book of poems available on Amazon.com entitled Beyond Good and Evil. He has had poems published in Aphelion as well as Horror Zine online.

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