In this poem, poet Luci Shaw picks up on the strange bit of information in the story where the angel comes to Mary. In that angel’s “explanantion” for how this will happen, it says “the power of the most high will overshadow you.” (Luke 1:35).

The Overshadow
by Luci Shaw

“…. the power of the Most High will overshadow you… “ -Gospel of Luke

Whe we think of God, and
angels, and the Angel,
we suppose ineffable light.

So there is surprise in the air
when we see him bring to Mary,
in her lit room, a gift of darkness.

What is happening under that
huge wing of shade? In that mystery
what in-breaking wildness fills her?

She is astonished and afraid; even in
that secret twilight she bends her head,
hiding her face behind the curtain

Of her hair; she knows that
the rest of her life will mirror
this blaze, this sudden midnight.


From: Accompanied by Angels: Poems of the Incarnation. by Luci Shaw, 2006.


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