Word

Before he spoke I saw

every possible future

in the visitor’s light

including that which would be

the way.

There was no ‘Hail”

(though I love the prayer),

no “Fiat” spoken,

though it was that my whole being cried out;

all this was later translation, rendering and rendition

of what in the instant was a singular breathing

a transparent passage

a Communication heart to heart:

he knew

I understood

and the whole was new.

Or,

perhaps

“Hail” there was, and “blessed” too, and “Fiat” as well, and

it is only in recalling that it is all condensed

to the absolute

core.

In any event, it was.

Word.

(J. McGinty, Annunciation 2015)

The Annunciation, Henry Ossawa Tanner (1898)
The Annunciation,
Henry Ossawa Tanner (1898)
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