“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Angel of Mischief

And so it begins.
We move indoors.

The leaves have fallen,
branches are bare,
the sky is more powerful when we see it more clearly.

I have been thinking about angels lately. Not those Nicolas-Cage-come-to-Earth kind of angels, but the kind I see in my head when I listen to Christmas carols. Those Giotto kind of angels, the kind that look to be part of the sky itself, part of Heaven, just sliding out from between the clouds & blue paint. I find I am drawn (no pun intended) to the songs that paint those pictures in my head. I can just see those angels hovering in a dark sky over a manger somewhere, I can see a star in the background - all those things I was taught as a child come back, but now I think about the angels. I think about that night sky, the joyfulness of their flight. I wonder who they were.

Perhaps I'm inspired by this drawing of Emma's, made a few years ago - she was probably 7 or 8:

That angel there on the right.
The peeping-Tom angel.

What is she thinking? Is the excitement of it all just more than she can bear, and so she must take a peek? Was she told not to look? She's just so mischievous, and I have loved her dearly since the moment I first laid both of my eyes on her, and I stole her away from my mother's refrigerator door at the first opportunity. I am using her image on my Christmas cards - if I ever actually find the time to make them. The thinking about her has me thinking about angels in general, and truly, truly, I keep listening to those songs about that night and about the angels and the shepherds and the Magi, and it is seeping into the collage book I am still working on. We will see, but it feels like it is about the poetry of the night sky. And here I need to be silent, or I will give it all away.

No peeking.
can an angel lose her way?


  1. It will make a smashing christmas card....
    And what is this about moving inside, aren't you in texas for goodness sake? Or is my little New England brain missing something. I consider you in the land of eternal sunshine and heat...
    We are getting 2-4 inches on Sunday

  2. When is the reveal?
    I love these angels. My son drew one when he was about 3 years old. I took the image and carved a stamp out of it and made my Christmas cards that year from them. So sweet, so special.
    Looking forward to the debut of the collage!

  3. i have you and emma inextricably linked for life.ever since i first visited you and that sweet, sweet face of emma i can't help but see you and her as a kind of pentimento of one another. i could have sworn that angel art was done by you. it is awesome emma and i think you auntie debi made a fine choice for her christmas card art.
    you know me honey, i am thinkin' of angels all the time :) but no, i don't think angels lose their way. we do.

  4. I haven't wanted to ask directly, but who is Emma Tree named for? I wondered about that as soon as I found you, which you know was just in the past month or so. But you made reference in this post, so thought it might be okay to ask you. By the way, your words are always so magical, and in that way, invincible.

  5. This is so sweet. Both the drawing and the sentiments you write about. I see the Milagro Beanfield War book on the shelf. I've never read the book, but I loved the movie!

  6. If I were an angel, I would totally be that one on the right...In fact, I'm trying to peek at what you're doing right now...:)

    Sorry, I can't help it...

    Oh, and that is a wonderful drawing!


  7. I have come here so many times and immersed myself in your beautiful poetry of the night sky. The sky is more powerful these days, isn't it?


  8. Michelle - Oh, I am just a baby about cold weather. It starts staying in the 50s & 60s and us Texans start moving inside a bit more. Right now, outside this very door, a blue norther is moving in & the wind keeps slamming the door open & closed & I can feel the temperature dropping. Supposed to maybe hit freezing tonight. :)

    Paula - The big reveal may never happen if I don't get caught up here at work. However, I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I love the idea of having a stamp made from the angel. Wish I'd thought of that earlier.

    Robin - I cannot think of a better person to be linked with than sweet, crazy Emma. :) And yes, you are very about angels lately. Maybe you're where i picked up angel vibes!

    Brenda - If you go back to the beginning of my blog, way back in February of this year, and look for a post called "Letting Go", it tells a bit about the Emma Tree. There's no image with the post, because at that time I was using a picture of the original Emma Tree as my banner, and I was explaining it in that post. And somewhere else there's a post called "The Girl in the Giggling Picture" which tells a bit more about the real Emma. And PS - As I feel this temperature drop, I'm thinking of you and your flowers. Bundle up!

    Uncommon Depth - You absolutely should read The Milagro Beanfield War. it would be on my list of books to take me with me a desert island. And oh! The Coyote Angel! One of my favorite fictional characters ever - not in the movie, by the way. Pick up a copy & cuddle up for a winter's read!

    Celeste - You naughty girl! :)
    But me too. I just don't think I could stand not being in on whatever secret there was that i wasn't supposed to be in on! ? :)

    Jaime - The sky is just amazing these days. Full of storms & clouds & cold winds & leaves & birds headed somewhere warmer. I want to go with them!

    :) Debi


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