Is Benjamin’s Angel of History Quetzalcoatl?


Does Benjamin’s angel of history 
Have feathers like Quetzalcoatl?
Flying through the realms  

Serpents — by way of Asclepius,
The Nazarene’s progenitor — 
Symbolize Jesus as well 

Ophidians, those Gnostics, Worshipped him as a snake 
The serpent who taught you to think 
In the garden

Like Q and Benjamin’s angel 
He’d repair the world — make whole 
And heal —   
That angel, though, can’t close its wings 
So trapped as it is 
In history’s storm 
That’s blasting out of paradise 
The realm of unknown viruses —

As Benjamin says, an emergency brake 
Could stop these winds 
Allowing old Quetzalcoatl 
The healer 
To set down on this wasted ground  
And vivify it anew 
The imminent immanence — 
But who will pull the handle?
The novel corona? 
Or is that but the cue 
For the true Q —
Now forming   

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Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at and on twitter @elliot_sperber.