The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Instant Angels

& lightning
& downpour!

My clothes beat against me
like whirling laundry,

but I may never see angels again,
a myriad of instant angels

with transparent wings

on the black asphalt
of the gleaming street,

all wings in a funnel,
like transparent butterflies

landing on black flowers;
but their long funneling wings

are of water.

About the Writer

E M Schorb

E.M. Schorb’s work has appeared in Agenda (UK), The American Scholar, The Carolina Quarterly, The Mississippi Review, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Stand (UK), The Massachusetts Review, Sand Literary Journal (DE), The Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry Salzburg Review (AU), The Yale Review, and Oxford Poetry (UK), among others.