"Bad Annunciation"

A weekly poem, read by the author.
Sept. 4 2007 7:49 AM

"Bad Annunciation"

—ca. 1500, Jean de Flanes

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in her womb. The angel enters stage left,
as usual, but he brought no flower, just

a spear. Will he kneel? His knees
haven't yet touched the floor. Perhaps he flies

with them bent, to save time. And he's more bivalve
than angel, his wings too rigid and blue, yet to evolve.

Joanie Mackowski is the author of View From a Temporary Window and The Zoo. She teaches at Cornell University.