I love that idea, that flip on the old saying "grapling with demons" : "grapled with our respective angels" You're turning the cliche on its head in an interesting and profound way.
Amber,Thank you for your kind and insightful comment. I was also alluding to the story of Jacob wrestling with the Angel (holding on until he was blessed) - and being injured in the process. One of the tensions in the poem is whether it is an open or closed "we" (or both). Open: is the speaker addressing the entire community as "we" - such that each reader can imagine their own wrestling angel/demon? Closed: Or, is the speaker one member of a couple addressing his/her lover, so that each is the other one's angel? So that "what if mine..." (which is a distancing move rhetorically) actually means "what if you..." - which then opens out onto these questions: Did I not bruise? Did I not bless? How effective of an angel was I?Peace,B.R.
Before I saw your above comment, I thought of the story of Jacob wrestling with the Angel. You have a definite gift with words.
Hey Molly Jo,Thanks for reading, and for your generous comment.Peace,B.R.