‘Hail, O favored One, the Lord is with you!
A Poem written on Christmas, 1986
My mail carrier, driving his stubby white truck trimmed in blue and red, wingless, but wheeled, commissioned by the civil service
Daily delivers the Gospel every Advent.
This Gabriel, uniformed in gabardine.
Unsmiling descendent of his dazzling original,
under the burden of greetings is stoical,
but prompt: annunciations at ten each morning.
One or two or three at a day at first;
By the second week momentum’s up,
my mail box is stuffed, each card is stamped
with a glory at a cost of twenty-five cents
(Bringing us the news that God is with us.)
First class, personally hand addressed.”
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.”
Luke 1:28, The Message