From the womb the child descended into a world at once vicious
and beheld a mother whose hatred of him became malicious
within a fortnight the child's safety threatened by those so callous
the infant was entrusted to a little known angel her care so precious.
There the child grew and began to see a world bountiful and wondrous
under his angel's ever watchful eye and warmth of her love so generous
the boy thrived and grew sheltered by her presence so beauteous
four short of a score years his angel made all of his life oh so glorious.
Then without warning his angel was stricken and lay dying a fact so incredulous
and the young man offered prayers and his own life for hers to a god so devious
prayers ignored the angel was taken from him and his anguish was tremendous
somewhere between light and dark is the man's home, a world of the ambiguous.
© by Tony Arthur 09/27/1997