The Annunciation

Greeting of the Angel

And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one!
The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:29)

Gabriel then uttered
a biblical greeting
“Hail, Mary, full of grace”
“Rejoice, woman dwelling in God’s place

Unpronounceable, Luke!
Greek foreign to our ears
deeply found wisdom contained
participle of eternity
telling all in a phrase

past tense continuing
having been inspired and yet
she is found in mystic state
her trust remaining in El
still persevering in faith

mankind’s loneliness rebuked
this word ”charis” root of love -
Love as joy retained
God’s sweet nature shared
cherished by believing Mary

as young prophetess pines
remaining, staying, dwelling
clinging fast to hope
studying truth day and night
blessed and holy (Psalm 1)

her holiness filled
her fear stilled

Rejoice, Mary, you remain with Yahweh,
God’s son, your son, will come to stay!

by Virginia  M. Kimball, November 2009

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