Thursday, May 19, 2011

Giotta has it wrong.

"In the Kitchen" by Kilian McDonnell, O.S.B.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel... (Luke 1:26)

"The Annunciation" by Giotto di Bondone
Giotto has it wrong.
I was not kneeling
on my satin cushion
in a ray of light
head slightly bent.


Painters always
skew the scene,
as though my life
were wrapped in silks,
in temple smells.


I had just come back
from the well, placing
the pitcher on the table
I bumped against the edge,
spilling water.


As I bent to wipe
it up, there was light
against the kitchen wall,
as though someone had opened
the door to the sun.


Rag in hand,
hair across my face,
I turned to see
who was entering
unannounced, unasked.


All I saw was light,
white against the timbers.
I heard a voice
never heard before
greeting me. I was elected,


the Lord was with me.
I would bear a son
who would reign forever.
I pushed back my hair,
stood afraid.


Someone closed the door
And I dropped the rag.

5 comments:

  1. I love this! I'll have to look up more of his work.

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  2. I love this! Bringing the Annunciation down to earth.

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  3. A simple moment, an uncomplicated, innocent girl transported in a second from the commonplace of her time to immortal blessing, surrounded by light and love and a promise ... and all ages shall call her blessed.

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