‘Apes or Angels’ and Other Poetry by Ron L. Hodges The Society March 6, 2016 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 2 Comments Apes or Angels Humans, some say, aren’t much more than an ape— A reasoning beast, quintessence of dust. Others believe we’re of angelic shape. Hungry for morsels, we scrabble and scrape, Leaving the tree to indulge termite lust. Humans, some say, aren’t much more than an ape. Yet not all dwell in this feral landscape— Their minds are free to transcend what hearts must. Others believe we’re of angelic shape. We squat under shadows, covet and rape, Then flaunt our filth like a Renaissance bust. Humans, some say, aren’t much more than an ape. Still, there are many whose spirits escape The region where bodies settle for crust. Others believe we’re of angelic shape. Though such a question makes all skeptics jape, How could our good rise from matter unjust? Humans, some say, aren’t much more than an ape; I must believe we’re of angelic shape. The Hands of Creation (Decima Italiana) For Michelangelo Your paintbrush said more to this earth Of truth than any mouth or book— Save God’s—when you drew Adam’s birth. There he reclines, languid, more brook Than man, a loose, watery form Awaiting God’s fervid blessing. Even man’s finger is listless. Yes, the hands reveal everything: God is reaching His hand to us; We, like Adam, hold back, lukewarm. Ron L. Hodges is a long-time English teacher, having taught at Oxford Academy in Cypress, California, for the past ten years. About a year ago he started writing poetry, and has had three poems published so far in Ancient Paths Literary Magazine. He lives in Orange County, California with his wife and two sons. Featured Image: “Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Dusty Grein March 6, 2016 The villanelle is one of my favorite forms. Thank you for a great poem. Reply Yolanda March 7, 2016 enjoy reading your poems. Sadness explain in truth… Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.