Wings of Angels

Wings of Angels


–found poem by Katelyn R. Finley, excerpted from The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood (2009). New York: Print, pp. 3, 6, 11, 20, 21, 43, 52, 80, 89, 90, 91, & 96.


An increasingly endangered world

devoid of life

traveled through the air as if on wings

burned through cities like fire

flooded with the Light of God’s Creation

only the Spirit lives forever


God’s necessary dark Angels

will clutch at any straw

for if you are clutched or even touched

you too will drown


The Earth is without form

he created us

a little lower than Angels

cover us with his feathers

under his wings may we trust


It’s a strong desire

knowledge of good and evil

reaping the whirlwind

gathering their energy

for the moment

they would burst


We rejoice that they were spared

into your hand are they delivered

and with every living creature

we too have been called,

we too forewarned

carried on the wings of God’s dark Angels



Atwood, Margaret. The Year of the Flood. New York: Random House, 2009. Print.


Evolution occurs over countless generations and is not instant.  This is a very important concept for the reader to understand.  Group selection has played a huge part in evolution from the time of the cave men.  Being a member of a group gives an individual meaning to their life as well as protection.  The Year of the Flood has a lot of group selection, especially with religion. This occurs in the novel because the Gardener’s use faith to try and understand why life is the way it is. Faith is very resourceful to Adam One in explaining the reasoning behind the waterless flood. God is used in the book to guide the Gardeners to do what they think is right.  They celebrate Saints and do not eat animals because they are all Gods creatures.  Religion gives them a sense of membership as well as guidance in a time when the world has just fallen a part.  Religion has always had this kind of effect on people.  Religion is always there to help you through the dark times and too see light again.  My poem shows the progression as it starts out dark and hopeless and in the end comes out hopeful because of God’s guidance. People turn to faith when they encounter something unknown or scary. My poem will make people feel enlightened after reading my poem because it is relatable to real life because something always good comes out of a dark situation. The dystopia life described in the novel is not how life is today but the meaning behind the poem is what makes it relatable.



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