General Poetry posted December 14, 2020

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Our Better Angels

by Cynthia Adams1

One-year-old who offers first cookie bite to her sister
Ukulele solo by Iz: "What A Wonderful World" compilation
Restauranteur/chef Jose Andres who feeds millions in need

Brothers and Sisters in Arms, laying down their lives for us
Environmentalists, whose life's work is protecting our planet
Teachers who pay for kids' school supplies in poor districts
Truckers, unpraised, who tirelessly transport medicine and food
Edison, who believed there are no mistakes as long as we learn
Rabbits who know the Easter Bunny is fake and don't tell

All who fight injustice, especially those who get no publicity
Nurses on the front lines who hold patients' hands at the end
God-lovers of every faith whose beliefs connect rather then divide
Everyone who accepts blame as easily as they accept praise
Last-born child, who wears hand-me-downs without complaint
Strangers who anonymously pitch in during floods and wildfires


Acrostic Poetry Contest contest entry


The phrase "Our Better Angels" is attributed to Abraham Lincoln. It is from a speech where the end of the line was: "the better angels of our nature."
I have long loved this phrase and have wanted to write around it. I hope it does not offend anyone on religious grounds; that is not my intent.

Many readers will not like some of the choices I've made in this poem. Again, they are not meant to offend.
Folks might especially think it ridiculous that I've juxtiposed whimsical fluff with very serious and important entries. I was trying to choose from the breadth of life. Most of what I've chosen to put in are most poignant and serious. A couple are amusing and terrifically unimportant. I felt the need for a compilation of the real/serious and the silly/make-believe, which I think are the makings for a full life. I had to include an animal because I love animals so much.
I encourage you all to make your own list of "our better angels," for yourselves. Even if it's not in a poem.

Clarification of entries:
The ukulele solo by Iz refers to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, a Hawaiian musican who passed away in 1997 at age 38. Do yourself a favor and listen to his tune online that combines the songs Somewhere Over The Rainbow and It's A Wonderful Life. I think it will make you feel better.

World famous chef and restauanteur from Spain, Jose Andres formed the World Central Kitchen in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He and his people have served millions of meals to relief victims in Central and South America as well as in Africa and Cambodia. The meals are not the usual relief food fare; they are food worthy of restaurants. He says he feels feeding the body wonderful food, feeds the soul wonderfully.

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