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Advent 2009: mary's dream

Today's poem is another take on the Annunciation. The Gospel According to Luke says Mary was confused and disturbed by the appearance of the angel and his message to her, though you wouldn't know it from reading the Magnificat. But that was sung after having had the opportunity to reflect on it for a few days. I thnk this poem by Lucille Clifton (who, incidentally, is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland, the alma mater of my friend thewalnut) does a good job of conveying the awed confusion Mary must have felt in the moment.

mary's dream

winged women was saying
"full of grace" and like
was light beyond sun and words
of a name and a blessing.
winged women to only i.
i joined them, whispering
yes.

Lucille Clifton (born 1936)

Previous Advent posts:

2003: Today the Virgin
2004: Christmas Greetings 1940
2005: Hope
2006: Project began Dec. 3
2007: Project began Dec. 2
2008: Winter Wonderland

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