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Angelus Novus
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Published: Mon Nov 30 2020
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Angelus Novus

Paul Klee, 1920


Because I came / Blossoms opened
Line, curve, arc, angle, a New Angel

Freed from its stanchion
Cat’s cradle strung from wing fingers

Because I went / Nothing threw its shadow / Over everything
Falling, or rising, bird toes hovering

Lion of Judah, blushes of peach and yellow
Scrolls for a mane, spine for a tabernacle

Dread messenger or dumbstruck witness
The Reich . . . armed to the teeth . . . yet hopeless

To be an example
Of how a people should endure its downfall

Thorn in the swelling fruit
Or, loose the worst

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