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Below is the poem entitled Annunciation which was written by poet Jeffrey Gibson. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Ah Gabriel! 
How hard a task was laid on you, 
how hard the trust, 
how hard 
to travel through 
the empty miles of space 
unto a  cloistered  girl
who knew no man, 
to startle her
and race her heart 
past fear, 
and then announce 
strange words -- 
that she would bear a son of destiny 
who would be named
as Yahweh's chosen one. 

Was all the gospeling 
the holy one commanded you to speak 
some comfort to her then? 
Or did her face grow white 
as stone? 
And did her knees collapse 
with all the gloried weight of you? 
Were you to her 
a hollow wind, 
within the tensing air 
a shadow blurred, 
a light askance
just there 
beyond the corner of her eye, 
an echo of a voice beyond the upland hills? 
Or did she know you then for what you are,
God's able bodied one,
God's might,
and look you eye in eye,
and calmly kneel 
in smiling awe, 
amazed at all the golden splendor 
in your wings and wake, 
with gentle handmaid's reverence 
and, grace inflamed, 
said yes,
hands crossed 
along her heart, 
her belly swelling quick with majesty,
reducing you to tears?

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  1. Date: 10/7/2012 1:21:00 PM
    Congrats Jeffrey on your awesome poem being featured this week. I admire your vivid picturization of Gabriel's visit to virgin Marry. What a beautiful poem coming out of your talented pen. -Mohammad

  1. Date: 10/7/2012 2:57:00 AM
    Jeffrey, welcome to Poetry Soup! Congratulations on having this magnificent poem featured. I very much admire the way you write and after reading this poem l read your other posts and quite enjoyed all of them. You are a talent to look out for. Aloha

    Gibson Avatar Jeffrey Gibson
    Date: 10/7/2012 8:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for this and for looking at the rest of what I submitted here. Jeffrey
  1. Date: 8/25/2012 1:49:00 PM
    Jeffrey, I want to welcome you to the P-Soup. Hope you will have many good times here. - I read your poem that it is not the first time you write. - You write very well - Have fun with your poems and other poems. -Have a lovely weekend - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Gibson Avatar Jeffrey Gibson
    Date: 8/25/2012 2:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you! Jeffrey