Holy darkness

Daily Reading for March 25 • The Annunciation

When the visitor told her

there would be a child

and that she would be

overshadowed by holiness

she felt the holy darkness

that would someday become

the bringer of light.

And thirty-four years later

she stood on a hill

beneath another shadow

a high cross-bar that cut

across her and she held in

the thin air and silence

the elongated and forsaken

shadow of the holy one

she once held as a child.

She wondered as the shadows

gave way into the night

if, in time, light could pierce

like tiny nails, this absorbing dark.

“Shadowing” by Penelope Duckworth, quoted in Mary’s Hours: Daily Prayer with the Mother of God by Penelope Duckworth. Copyright © 2009. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. www.morehousepublishing.com

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