The Message - Poem by Kevin Rice
All was peaceful in the house that day
An uneventful morn like any other
Half-heartedly I trifled
At ordinary things,
Absent-minded and hushed
In my cramped chamber
No say had I in my appointment
I had no soothing hint or kind advice
Of what event awaited.
How could a maid expect or be prepared
For circumstances so unthinkable?
The messenger arrived
Unseen at first
Unheard until I felt a presence.
I have no words
To illustrate the visitant I saw
Such was my fear
And, trembling, I discerned
A spoken salutation
And then such powerful tidings
That my being shook in awe
There was a silence and
The messenger was still
while I composed the words
I struggled to articulate,
And solemn in the stress upon the words,
My answer issued forth
'Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to thy word.'
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