All God’s Children by Lauren McBride

All God’s Children

On wet, wavy worlds
of vast oceans
where air is deadly
and all living things
breathe water

do the sentient envision
angels with gills
and without wings
swimming through
the heavens?

And here on Earth,
might similar images
comfort the
finned intellects
swimming through
our oceans?

Who am I to know?

Yet surely, when in death,
such beings join
heaven’s angels,
they, too, enter through
universal pearly gates.

Lauren McBride finds inspiration in faith, family, nature, science, and membership in the SFPA. Nominated for the Best of the Net, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars Awards, her poetry has appeared in dozens of publications including Asimov’s, Abyss & Apex, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. She enjoys swimming, gardening, baking, reading, writing, and knitting scarves for troops.

Image Credit: An abstract “mermaid” is used to represent alien sentient sea life [Pink Wall //]