Magazine | December 3, 2018, Issue


(Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)


If the motion sensor
of the night camera
were triggered by a near moth,
that created the overarching image
of the angel above the house,
it is no discredit to the angel,
or to the moth, that the mystery
of the image is powerful,
and the sense of otherworldly
benevolence, overwhelming;
as nothing suggests a moth
may not be the symbol
of the presence of an angel;
and nothing suggests
that the near-tangible
sense of Heaven’s presence
may be somehow reduced
to a parlor trick
of the still night air.

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