Monday, April 8, 2013

Poem of the Week ~ Broken Angel

Kids, it was late and I was tired and heading for bed, when this poem by Lorna Cahall of her blog by the same name, 

reeled me in and made me catch my breath in wonder. Check it out. It's this week's Poem of the Week: 

Broken Angel

There is a crack, a crack in everything. 
That's how the light gets in. 
Leonard Cohen

Your baby's breath rests
in a cracked crystal vase
against the frosted pane. 
The color of your sacrifice is white. 

You are our way through
the tormenting wilderness.
You, the broken one, offer 
us our Resurrection. 

And all your angels come
bruised and broken, they come
together, an ocean of salt tears 
and holy mineral healing. 

They will all rise up in you, 
through you and we will all 
find our angels with you, 
through you, together.

written for an anthology that seeks submissions
responding to violence against women

Lorna, thank you for this most beautifully written poem about the rising spirit of women, who together heal from abuse and bind up each others' wounds. And thank you for your faithful contributions to Poets United.


  1. wow cool poem - this is great - I have her on my blog list and Lorna always has something great in her poems :-)

  2. This is beautiful. I am hoping to get to know Poets United ( I usually just try to consistently link Tuesday at dVerse) better and share and explore more...I grabbed the button and am feeling very inspired (at a cost at times) in writing lately especially loving National Poetry Month! Some here loo familiar but many not so- so I will slowly allow myself to acclimate and see...I am a little intimidated, but getting braver since blogging (to share). Thanks, ;)

    1. Dawn, never feel intimidated at Poets United! We're a friendly and encouraging bunch. I love it when poets wander in from other sites. dVerse is great, run by terrific people. I get there, too, when I can. So nice to meet you here, kiddo.

  3. Thank you Sherry. I have loved and admired Lorna's poetry since I first encountered it in 2011. So much so that I now have a couple of her books, which never fail to nurture and delight. (You know how some books are not only for reading but re-reading?)

  4. Wow Lorna this is amazing! Sherry thank you so much for showing Lorna and her gift :D

  5. i think it speaks so clearly on its own that it doesnt need any analogy..thank you sherry for this wonderful poem.. :)

  6. This is a lovely, calming piece. Thank you for sharing it.

  7. What a poignant, gorgeous poem ... I've been back to read it several times, am finally commenting ... thanks to both Lorna for writing it and Sherry for bringing it to our attention.


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