The Angel of God #poem #prose poem #short prose #flash fiction

He comes back only when the Angel of God makes blue and yellow rings fall asleep on my fingers.
One night he swore his oaths upon our unmade bed and the river Styx.
His guitar swore its oaths upon a red rose.
This is not the time of year when his tears – chariots of fire – fall from the sky.
Neither that day of spring when I lie in bed covered by wedding veils.
Those are the only times when his soul plays guitar behind the Japanese screen in my bedroom.
You couldn’t hear him playing in the library.
So, what did you really hear?
Do you believe that his ghost hides inside his portrait hanging on the wall?
Oh, no! This is not a Harry Potter fantasy. His soul is not inside any portrait.
Now, I think it’s time for you to leave.
Why? Are you asking me why?
You saw the inscription below his portrait: granted just a quote he loved.

There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.

Here’s your answer. You can’t do any of those things. So, you better leave.
No, his soul wasn’t here tonight.
Tonight, it is I who speaks, not him.

@short-prose-fiction (Gabriela M) 

image: Anna Ismagilova; Shutterstock; [link]
quote attribution: Lawrence Durrell, Justine

84 thoughts on “The Angel of God #poem #prose poem #short prose #flash fiction

    1. Eric, it is morning here. You are forcing me to think! Haha!
      Thank you for your wonderful comment.
      Enjoy London. Any celebrations today?

      1. You are welcome, Gabriela. I’m about 30 miles west from London – it’s another world from where I live – the UK handled leaving the EU in a mostly low key manner – I think many of us just want to get on with life and make the best of it as a United Kingdom – time will tell, my friend.

      2. I hope you’re enjoying the place where you are Eric.
        “I think many of us just want to get on with life and make the best of it as a United Kingdom” Yes, I get that. It has been too long. Remember when I used to joke about Brexit? I am not doing that anymore. The entire process was too painful. I hope everybody settles down and things will go well from here. I noticed “the United Kingdom.” I truly hope so.

        Have a lovely evening.

  1. OK…….your writing is hauntingly beautiful and after I read this incredible piece I just laughed, out loud. It is so amazing I don’t really know how to express that in words but couldn’t leave without leaving a comment……..thank you for providing me with beauty to start my day!

    1. My Dearest Wendi, my most sincere thanks for your beautiful comment. I am glad I a was able to add a sparkle of beauty to your morning. Your comment warmed my heart.
      Have a blessed Sunday.

      1. You are deeply welcomed………I am still smiling from your written words……..I don’t know how in the world you do this over and over again!

  2. I love the line:

    “There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature”.

    I like the imagery of the river Styx, which leads to the river of unmindfulness.

    There is a lot in this poem, Gabriela.


    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Kevin. I am happy you liked that line. You are right. It’s a lot here…
      Have a beautiful afternoon and thank you again for your wonderful comment.

    1. Thank you so much for reading. I’d love to do it, but I am afraid I do not know where to start. Perhaps a more specific question will help.

  3. This is beautiful! Amazing in its imagery, in the intensity and in the twists and turns it takes to lead to such a powerful, self-assertive conclusion. Love it! You are amazing! You have a tremendous talent that gives you the ability to create such intense writing! Beautiful, sensuous and extremely engaging!
    Mil abrazos de Valencia!

    1. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for your wonderful words. Thank you exponentially f(x) = bx. Actually x should be up on the right side of b but I cannot do it here. Take this equation as being very intense too 🙂

      You are an amazing artist. Your work has a special place in my heart. Your support means a lot.
      Thousands thanks, Francisco.

      1. My pleasure Gabriela, you are an outstanding writer which I greatly admire and I love your work more and more every day! Wishing you a lovely lovely week, full of beautiful and wonderful things! Receive un fuerte triple abrazo and much love, peace ☮️ and happiness from Valencia!

      2. Thank you so much for your lovely words and for the wishes Francisco. Please know I greatly admire your work too.
        I wish you the same. Have a lovely and productive time in Valencia.

  4. How did I miss the notification for this wonderful piece this morning my dear Gabriela? Once I did see it, I read it, spellbound and mesmerised, then had to come back and read and reread again… Immersed in this surrealistic and highly symbolic landscape within this dialogue. Where is his soul? I sense the passion and the outrage within this dense beauty. I feel like I can hear his guitar and his imprint but I want to know where he is. I want to read again and again until I discover him. I want to read again and again. Especially if you are speaking for him.

    Incredible my dear friend, xoxoxo

    1. Oh, Rachel, please do not worry about missing any notifications. My WP app misses plenty.
      Thank you so much for the praise. You melt my heart sweetheart, but then that is what you do with your words.
      I am sorry I did not reply to your comment last night. You know our little chats at 1am in the morning my time. I went to bed at midnight.

      You know how to make my day: ” this surrealistic and highly symbolic landscape,” Thank you Rachel.
      “I feel like I can hear his guitar and his imprint but I want to know where he is.” Look for him in my soul sweetheart 🙂

      You’re asleep now. It’s night there.

      I wish you a marvelous day my dear. May the new day fulfill your wishes.

      1. I like to think that as I write this, your head is on the pillow, and you are dreaming of things that light up your heart. Rejuvenating, resting, peaceful.

        “Look for him in my soul sweetheart”. This he, he has the most beautiful place of residence. He is so lucky to have found his way there, I can only hope his presence there is one of joy for you.

        I had a good day today Gabriela. It rained and rained and rained. I felt grateful for it. Lots of love to you my gorgeous friend xoxoxo

      2. Oh, Rachel you are so sweet. Has he? I hope so.
        Yes I was asleep hon and I woke up to such a beautiful comment.
        I am so glad you had a good day, Rachel. Feeling grateful for the rain. I know what you mean.
        I hope tomorrow will be even better.
        Thank you for such a beautiful comment. 🌺🌸🤗💕

    1. Welcome back Victoria and thank you for stopping by. I hope you had a great break. I missed you. How are things going?

      1. Thank you 🙂 ✌️📚 Things are quiet here, everything is fine. I’m just very lazy lol 😂
        yep, I love my breaks… probably the best thing about blogging haha, just kidding

      2. I know you are kidding. I saw your post. Good luck with everything 💝

    1. Thank you Ash. Durrell was a great novelist. There is a quote attribution at the end of the post.
      I hope everything is well with you.

  5. I love these lines ”There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.” Beautifully penned as usual, dear G! 😊❤️🌺

    1. Thank you so much, Wendi. I can’t take credit for that quote. The proper attribution is at the end of the post: L. Durrell.
      Wishing you a wonderful week, my dear.

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