Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fallen Angels

Things to Think
Think in ways you’ve never thought before
If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message
Larger than anything you’ve ever heard,
Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.
Think that someone may bring a bear to your door,
Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose
Has risen out of the lake, and he’s carrying on his antlers
A child of your own whom you’ve never seen.
When someone knocks on the door, think that he’s about
To give you something large: tell you you’re forgiven,
Or that it’s not necessary to work all the time, or that it’s
Been decided that if you lie down no one will die.
-Robert Bly

in memory of fallen angels 


  1. Betsy, I love this piece... and I have been attempting... when the phone rings... to not think... oh no, what NOW?!

  2. One of my favorite poems, ever.

    "When someone knocks on the door, think that he's about to give you something large; tell you you're forgiven..."


    Yes, hard not to go to...oh no what NOW?!

    Thanks for reading & writing.