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The Apologia of Abdiel

Timothy Bartel

is found in book five       of Paradise Lost,
when Satan calls his       followers to mass
against the tyranny of God       and just one punk named
Abdiel defies       Satan to his face
then flies fast southward       back to sanity.
I too would like to       stage revolt
against the demons       in my north
where passions pack like       seven days of snow.

What nerve or immaterial strain       induces spirits
to rebel against       that old rebellion
in the welling chest?       This warm afternoon
it’s past time for me       to imitate some
insolent,       God re-praising deed.