The following poem was published in the fall/winter 2018-19 issue of Magnets and Ladders.you can click the play button below the poem to hear me read it and sing the song that inspired it, accompanying myself on piano.
THE POOR BLESSED VIRGIN
She stands, alone, cold, weary
after traveling many days and nights.
Why was she chosen to bear this Holy Child?
Must she do it alone?
Will Heaven help her?
I’m not sure when this came out, but when I first heard it in 2005, I was captivated. Most sacred Christmas carols are about the joy and celebration surrounding the birth of Christ, but not many people have considered how the Virgin Mary felt upon learning she was pregnant with the Messiah. At first, not even Joseph believed that God was the father of her child. Can you imagine how that would feel?
In 2006 after my late husband Bill suffered his first stroke, this song kept going through my head. I realized that it was because I could identify with Mary. Although I wasn’t a virgin pregnant with the Son of God and considered a hor by family, friends, and even the man I loved, I still felt alone and afraid with an uncertain future because Bill was so changed after his stroke, and we weren’t sure if he would walk again.
You can read more of our story in My Ideal Partner. Meanwhile, if you haven’t heard this song before, I hope it resonates with you as it did with me.