IN THE KITCHEN
('In the sixth month the angel Gabriel...' Luke 1:26)
© Father Kilian McDonnell
Bellini has it wrong.
Painters alwaysskew the scene,
Actually, I had just come back from the well.
Placing the pitcher on the table
I bumped against the edge, spilling water on the floor.
As I bent to wipe it up,
there was a light against the kitchen wall,
as though someone had opened the door to the sun.
Rag in hand,
hair across my face,
I turned to see who was entering,
All I saw was a light,
white against the timbers.
I heard a voice
I had never heard before.
I heard a greeting
I was elected.
I would bear a son,
who would reign forever.
I stood afraid.
Someone closed the door.
And I dropped the rag.
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