She Said “Yes”


She knelt beside the neatly planted rows

of cumin, dill, and mint. The clear March sky

was bright; a flock of birds flew high.

She pinched a leaf;

then, suddenly, she froze —

a voice had spoken. There was no one there.

It spoke a second time; she looked around.

“How can this be?” she asked the vacant air.

Once more it spoke, yet there was not a sound.

She paused again; her answer in her mind.

In thirty years and three, her words would find

an echo: “Not my will, but thine be done,”

said in another garden by her son,

while three friends slept.

So here none heard her words —

except an angel, a high flight of birds,

and three neat rows of cumin, mint, and dill:

“Be it to me according to thy will.”

Image above (and on front-page mastheads): Ave Maria by Lisa Bell.

Currently appearing in ECVA’s exhibition: Women At Prayer.

Words above: A Poem for Annunciation

by Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG (April 7, 1989)

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