Angel Maintenance

The wings, mostly.

A soft brush, a bit of cornstarch for whiteness.

Gentle massage by a trained wing therapist

For strained latissimus dorsi.

Flight feathers smoothed.

A morning stretch – group activity – cirrus cloud #6.

Remedial S & H (soaring and hovering) for the out of shape.

Just because the bell rang, doesn’t mean Clarence can fly.

Haloes buffed. Haloes straightened.

Celestial attitudes restored. Assignments given.

Angels maintained.

—Lola Cooley