Visiting Angels

by Mark J. Mitchell

Je vis assis, te qu’un ange aux mains d’un barbier
(I live seated, like an angel in the hands of a barber)
—Arthur Rimbaud
Oraison du soir

Two angels
in a barbershop
watching hair fall.

They speak
softly in French
kissing their sibilants.

The blue-eyed one
knows the prophet
is not coming today

his horoscope tells him
to stay away.

The sad one
wishes he could smoke
but it’s California.

Mark J. Mitchell’s latest chapbook, Music for the Other Voices is available from Finishing Line Press. A full-length collection of poems, Starting from Tu Fu is coming from Encircle Publications in September. His novel, The Magic War was published by Loose Leaves Publishing.  He studied at Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock. His work appeared in several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. He lives with his wife, Joan Juster making his living pointing out pretty things in San Francisco.A meager online presence can be found at

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