Annunciation and assent


Accustomed to
many perplexing forms of greeting
from the ridiculous to the ribald,
when hailed by the sublime
she was only mildly bemused,
hardly struck dumb
at all.


Accustomed to
the music of her name on
the lips of suitors, whispering
in the marketplace, the feigned
deaf ears; but this one
harped on so, she stopped
to listen.


Accustomed to
nothing for something, she heard
the word of grace as poetry,
something beyond itself, reserved
to strangers who sang
in the synagogues.


Accustomed to
hunger, the kind not sated
by any food but love, she wondered
what  might it mean
to be full: let it be
to me, said she.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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