Advent Poetry Series “The Lord is With Thee”

The Lord is With Thee 

from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1

They hail me Mary, full of grace.
They bless me: brave, obedient—holy.
What would you have said to the twelve-foot,
light-soaked man, a gold flecked tower
whose honey lips spoke your name? I said Yes.
Then ran, traveled days, silent, hungry,
purging in the grass, to my cousin’s.
I knew nowhere else to go.

I found Elizabeth, impossibly, full
with child. She, fifty and bare, as pregnant
as I, thirteen, unknown. We, an absurd pair.
Did I hope she would recognize my angel tale,
believe for me what I hardly could?
The Lord is with thee, she said.
Her baby soared inside.

Her face was vague to my memory.
What I recalled was her voice: in candlelight,
she once tucked me under wool with my sisters,
sang us to sleep with poems of Yahweh.
How easily she spoke of God,
as if he were a neighbor, a fish vendor on the street.

Blessed art thou among women. Blessed is the fruit
of thy womb. For three months she hid me
from rumors, from my angry betrothed.
I took walks. I threw up. I ate.
Robes can only hide so much.

Then I stood beside the midwife, water basin
in hand while my cousin squatted and screamed.
I knew what my Yes meant this body must do
and wept for myself, for this child of God
given to my clumsy care.

Who am I? I once said to Elizabeth
after dinner, beside our fire. I am small
and weak in faith. She placed her palm
on my cheek, whispered, You’re God’s.

 

© Micha Boyett. All rights reserved. Please do not reprint or post without attribution.

This is from a series of five Advent poems I wrote for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle. See the first poem here

  • Jeannie

    So beautiful. Thanks again for sharing your poetry; I love it!!

  • http://katieleigh.wordpress.com Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams

    Yes. “You’re God’s.” So beautiful, Micha.

  • http://www.leighkramer.com HopefulLeigh

    Absolutely beautiful. I’m so glad you’re sharing these with us.

  • http://anitamathias.com Anita Mathias

    Absolutely beautiful, Micha. You are very gifted!

  • michaboyett

    Thanks to all of you. I’m so grateful these poems have been meaningful to you, friends.

  • Brenda Trafton

    Sweet Micha, so touched by your poetry. It made me desire to lean closer to Father and see what else He would love me to see. Would He dare whisper such gentle words to each of us, if we would sit still and listen…
    Brooks told me I must look at your blog; I did and am blessed! Love you sweet one…

    • michaboyett

      So happy to see you here, Brenda. Thank you so much.

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