The Poet-Angels Who Came to Dinner

Neither had been invited but both were welcomed.
They spoke through wordless intuition, cool nods of
“Peace-Be-Still,” and, “As-Goes-Love-So-Goes-Life.”

Their quiet burned my brain with inklings of wonders
to come––as I set my table with what I had:
half of a cheese sandwich left over from a lucky day.

From the eyes of one, my meager offering drew
liquid letters and symbols that splashed into goblets
until they overflowed with flavors of wine.

The second stranger laughed. As he howled, their
sorrow and their joy set my table anew—laid it heavy
with glazed yams, marinated dreams, and aromatic breads.

Then their wings spread and revealed feathers painted with the names and words of poets known and unknown. Echoes of vows and prayers exploded
blinding songs of light.

By the time I could see again, my guests had gone.
I stared at the bountiful table they left, too stuffed
with awe, to feast on the generosity of their grace.

A knock at the door made me think they’d returned.
It was instead an old grandfather, homeless, with three
children whose parents had been lost to war and disregard.

They had not been invited but all were welcomed.
I nodded through tears of wordless intuition:
“Peace-Be-Still,” and, “As-Goes-Love-So-Goes-Life.”

The River of Winged Dreams

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Known as an award-winning poet, historian, journalist, and fiction writer, Aberjhani is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and former editor for the U.S. Air Force. He has authored eight books in multiple genres—4 of them poetry–– including: "Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance" (Facts On File); "ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love"; "The American Poet Who Went Home Again"; "The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois"; "I Made My Boy Out of Poetry"; and, "The River of Winged Dreams." He currently serves as editor for the Civil War Savannah book series, which includes the best-selling title, "Savannah, Immortal City.", Aberjhani was inducted into the Red Room Hall of Fame in October 2009, and in August 2011 was honored with a VIP Dot in the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. He is a winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award for his journalism, the Choice Academic Title and Best History Book Awards for "Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, " the Creative Loafing Critic’s Pick Best Savannah Author Award for general authorship, and the Connect Savannah 2006 Poet and Spoken Word Artist of the Year Award for his poetry. He is also the founder of the popular online community Creative Thinkers International.

Last updated July 03, 2015