I wrote this poem in 2007, during my third year of training for the ministry. I probably wrote it in transit, on the train to or from my day job as a software developer.
The poem is a conversation between Mary and Joseph as he grapples with the implications of her decision to say yes to God’s plan.
I do hope, like Mary, you find support from the significant others in your life when you say yes to God’s plan for you. We cannot do it alone.
Joseph and Mary
by Irene Bom
How could you agree
When there’s so much at stake?
Reckless it may be,
But the risk is mine to take.
Are you insane, Mary?
What did the angel say to sway you?
Such wisdom, it’s agony.
I glimpsed the future briefly.
He said dreams are coming true.
What am I to do, tell me?
I had my hopes pinned on a quiet life.
I don’t determine your destiny,
But the load is heavy.
It would be easier to carry if I’m your wife.
Your mind is clearly
Made up, and I have no say.
I’m dazzled, I’m dazed, I can see
I’m an embryonic community.
Join us, embrace the future. Stay.