Joe Dawson

What makes an angel cry?

Her hand she rested on her breast,

Her eyes so sad I cried myself. I couldn't

Guess the reason why or what might

Make an angel cry.


Why would an angel cry I thought, what

Would it take to break her heart? What

Would it take to hurt her so? I had to

Say I didn't know.


I sat and pondered for a while and

Then a mighty voice on high, stooped

And shouted 'Art thou blind’? Canst thou

Not see what makes her cry'?


Might it be a world in turmoil

Or a child gunned down in spite’, ‘a man

Who shot a woman or a cop who

Killed his wife'?


'A gun that mowed so many down’,

A stadium full of pain’, ‘flights that

Took off full of life to be never seen



'Yet still you wonder why she cries’,

Can't grasp the message in her eyes’,

Can't see the Hell in evil’s art’,

Can't feel the pain that breaks her heart'.


© Joseph G Dawson


  • Teddy.15

    Very powerful and words with your own style Joe, Guns are not cool, and in my opinion Neither are knives. Excellent post my friend

    • Joe Dawson

      Thank you Teddy, guns and knives, if we make 'em, someone's gonna use 'em. So depressing sometimes. Joe

      • Teddy.15

        Absolutely, 100% agreed

      • Doggerel Dave

        Your piece, better than a rant, makes the point clearly. Grand poetry as usual, Joe.

        Something I will always believe - arms manufacturers and those giving them licence to sell their product are among the lowest forms of life.

        • Joe Dawson

          Thanks DD, yes, weak posturing little men who would be kings and can't be voted out at any price. Easy to kill, hard to plant a tree. Joe

        • Having hope

          Very meaningful lines sir Joe...❣
          Not properly gotten, but the lines are warming my hearts.

          • Joe Dawson

            You are a treasure, your comments are warming my heart too. Joe

          • Accidental Poet

            Guns and knives have no positive contribution to society or the world's species. As always Joe, an excellent poem.

            • Joe Dawson

              Thanks AP, the toxic mixture of anger, guns and knives is explosive and short fuses give little time to get out of the way. Joe

              • Accidental Poet

                And supporters of the right to bear arms pay no attention to the amount of innocent lives that are dying because someone got hold of a gun who never should have. Selfish minds, selfish hearts.

              • Goldfinch60

                Very powerful words Joe. Weapons are not the way to go in our lives, one day people may see that but I will not hold my breath.


                • Joe Dawson

                  I hope you are right, petrol engines are being replaced by electric motors, so anything is possible, given time. Thanks Andy. Joe

                • L. B. Mek

                  impactful: with purposed precision
                  unquestionably, an important write
                  thank you! dear poet

                  • Joe Dawson

                    I was greatly touch by the Bataclan concert attack 9 December 2015 when 90 people lost their lives and many more were injured, what has stayed with me and will forever, was the report that those who lay pretending to be dead to avoid further injury, saw the souls of the dead raising from their bodies. Joe

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