Two Angels of De Lisle

by A. Paige White

Anniversary three
Knocked at my door
I awoke in remembrance
To see
The sweetest mental picture
Of two angels
Two angels of De Lisle

they quickened quickly
when the winds had stilled
rode those metal wings
touched down to help
to work in a shelter
to sweat and labor
even in the swelter
and such squalor of the squall
that blew so through
many lives they touched
these two
two angels of De Lisle

Their unbelief at such horrific destruction
In the telling of circumstance reconstruction
Their hands calloused
Muscles weak
Eyes so sore and tired
Love alone brought them
From afar and hired
Their bodies and souls
To let their love
Take such toll

I remember these two still
and, yes, I always will
Two Angels of De Lisle


Author's Note: I'm remembering the two retired angels (David and Betsy)that flew in from California through our connection at They wanted to help and so did I. I went looking to donate a spare bedroom and they wanted to fly in to work and help any way they could. The name of the little town where the red cross assigned them last was De Lisle, Ms. I was sad to see the site isn't working anymore the redirect doesn't work either. post script We were all VERY nervous. Us - for having complete strangers in our house: Them - for being in complete strangers house. So sitting around the kitchen table on their last night, David finally addressed it with, "Well. Aren't we all glad none of us turned out to be axe murderers?" and gave us a belly laugh I'll never forget...

Posted on 08/28/2008
Copyright © 2021 A. Paige White

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 08/28/08 at 01:59 PM

...paige, the angels of De Lisle will be remembered as long as you live, and as long as your young'uns know [of] them thru you, then they pass it on and then they pass it on, etc. etc., lovley caring write...i bow to the two angels and you, p.s. your heart is showing.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/28/08 at 02:43 PM

Terrific! I hope they won't be needed, but it's nice to know there are people like you and them that give to others.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 08/28/08 at 03:11 PM


Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 08/30/08 at 03:31 PM

I knew nothing of them, coming from this side of the water. But you've just brought the angels to me. Thank you.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 11/01/08 at 12:38 AM

You've given one of the thousands of anecdotal stories that could be told of "angels" helping because the help is needed. Great writing.

Posted by JD Clay on 03/01/09 at 02:52 PM

This is an interesting depiction of a labor of love. It's nice to see how you bring it all together with beautiful sentiment befitting their passion. Isn't it fascinating how their gentle touch, touches you and in turn you have touched us all with your beautiful words.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 06/03/10 at 12:44 PM

I knew you were a poet, Paige, but now I know you are much more than that, for you possess the rare gift of human kindness and good will.

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