Please read the poem first… then come back later and read below to clear your doubst!!
I had to ask him, the author (Colin)
Why did that angel visit the earth, Colin? Why did s/he not go back when he thought everyone was mad?
He is so generous.. elaborated as follows:
The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask!
I think the idea behind the poem is that even high-ups (angels, say)can be enticed into negativity. Don’t we all fall for it without realising it as we do so? Then it becomes a habit. There are some people we know who always look on the dark side of things. Not us, of course, we are never negative.
So the angel is a metaphor for people who imagine that they are high and mighty, that being negative is beneath them. But as soon as they get into negative company they succumb and become just like all the rest. The angel couldn’t leave the earth because he was perversely attracted to negativity and then it just became a habit.
For me, people who say, “Yes, but…” are the negative ones. “Yes, the world ought to be a nice place, but…” It’s just a bad habit that they’ve got into.
Does that help?
an angel visited the Earth:
for many years he thought
everybody on Earth was mad
because he could not understand
what it was they were enjoying;
then he caught the Earth disease
and began to enjoy Negative Emotions
just as they had always done
and he could no longer see the madness;
when the heavenly adjudicator came down
to tell him he had failed the test
he got madder and madder…
failed the test and forgotten something
and must remain on Earth until he remembered
what it was and had disentangled himself
from all the curious delights
of indulging in negative emotions:
sinking into the bottomless swamp
of being gloomy or bad-tempered
self-pitying tart or caustic