Ceschiatti’s Angels – a poem by Neil Leadbeater

Ceschiatti’s Angels

Do you believe in angels? Ceschiatti did.
He also believed in angles –
acute sharp-pointed ones,
ones that were greater than a right angle
and less than 180 degrees, triangles
with three unequal sides and ones having
two equal sides –
isosceles is the word I was looking for-
because it’s a good one to place
in the middle of a poem.
For Ceschiatti, it was the thought of
striking out in a new direction
that pleased him the most. Somehow
it altered the consensus of opinion.
“Do not be afraid,” they said,
(don’t they all say that to begin with?)
“be brave, be bold.”
And it was like breaking out of
a school of thought into a playground
for all the world.


Neil Leadbeater is an author, editor, essayist, poet and critic living in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a regular reviewer for several journals including Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) (USA) and Write Out Loud (UK).  His work has been translated into Dutch, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.


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