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The Linnet's Wings

The Angel in the Mirror by Robert Grossmith

That canny old mystic Swedenborg,

when asked by his young visitor

if he could conjure an angel,

led her to a draped wooden frame.


Now, he said, behold:

this is how an angel looks.

And drew the curtain up.


The young girl's gaze, one hopes,

was drawn to her own reflection

and not to the grizzled prophet's

towering at her shoulder.

The Linnets Wings