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poetry Interrupting the Flights of Angels

As the San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil explains, “The tidal wave of commercialized mourning for the Queen prompted this poem to write itself.”

The Flights
Of Angels


By Beau Beausoleil

Along the
of Heaven
are the
that serve
apple pie
and good
for as
long as
your personal
infinity lasts

And from
those diner
you can watch
your mother and
father walk
together under
any moon
you choose

Or you can look
in this direction
as a favorite 
Queen or King
sits idly by
while nations
are colonized
and people
are killed
trying to gain
their freedom

You have
all the time
left in the world
to study the maps
of empire and terror
as they change
but  endure
like royalty

Beau Beausoleil is a poet and activist (Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here) based in San Francisco, California. His most recent book of poetry is, Another Way Home (Blue Light Press 2022).

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