The Weight of Wings

And the Renaissance angels –
freed of wheels, appropriately-eyed and
lacking cool fires or speaking smoke –
These Renaissance angels,
freshly daubed in the shapes of
mild men and meek women,
the most radiant of the race,
with wide white wings and
the light of the Lord behind them,
these are the angels who
ache like us;
these are the angels who
leap through the heavens and
alight on peaks higher than Man may reach,
bent by the weight of their wings.