Poem: I Don't Want Raphael's Angel

Updated on April 29, 2020
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Mark Tulin is an ex-therapist from Philadelphia who lives in Southern California. He writes poetry about a variety of topics.

Zaftig Angel by Alice Tulin
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More Earthy, Less Ethereal

Angels are created in heaven but rendered by the minds of artists and poets. My version of an angel reflects my Philly background and gritty nature. I prefer my angels earthy with more realistic expectations, instead of the ideal versions that Raphael and Michelangelo have created in their art. I want my angel accessible instead of ethereal. In the poem, I Don't Want Raphael's Angel, I say goodbye to perfection and hello to flaws and impurity.

I Don't Want Raphael's Angel by Mark Tulin

I don’t want my angel

soft and demure

with translucent wings or a halo.

I don’t want her riding bareback like Lady Godiva

or as sophisticated as Lady Chatterley.


I want her to be excited to see me

with outstretched arms and a bottle of beer,

plain and dowdy, unfettered and free

with rollers in her untamed hair.


I want her to be funny and profane,

a well-endowed, zaftig angel

wearing nothing but a grin

and a closeout pair of fur-lined slippers

from Marshalls or Filene’s Basement.


I want my angel to be riding

a two-door Ford Pinto

with a pack of smokes on the dash,

a pipe with hash under the seat,

barely making it up the hill

in a cough and sputter.


I don’t want Raphael’s angel

or a Michelangelo

with a surreal, sublime pallor.

I don’t want society’s perfect seraphim,

a holy protector and intercessor,

but a cherub who’s not afraid to break rules,

now and then.


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    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      8 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, Brenda!!

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      8 weeks ago from Washington Court House

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      8 weeks ago from Washington Court House

      This one is cute.

      Refreshingly honest.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Flourish, Walmart Woman sounds good to me. She might get me the employee discount as well.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      Made me think “gimme my Walmart woman” or “trailer park angel.” Very gritty. This is the kernel of a great song.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, MG

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      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from UAE

      What a lovely poem on your concept of an angel. I can't but agree with you.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, Lora. There’s much more beauty in the accessible than the perfect.

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      Lora Hollings 

      2 months ago

      Mark, I really like your off beat style! Full of wit, style and humor, I really enjoyed your more accessible angel.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Shauna, you are right on target. My wife is my zaftig angel.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 months ago from Central Florida

      I like your angel, Mark. I love the description of her appearance, demeanor, and attitude. There are angels on earth. I suspect this one may be your wife.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Preeti

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      Preeti 

      2 months ago from India

      great choices :p

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      The halo might get in the way, Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Come to think about it, your angel would be a run of the mill beauty! No halo would take some getting used to. A fun poem. Well done.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, Rinita.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, John. Fixed the video. It should be okay.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lol, Mark. Gotta love your version of an angel, a bit rough around the edges, but a lot of fun. Good Poem. I can’t view the video unfortunately.

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      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

      Witty write. Enjoyed the off beat topic and the humor.

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