The First Joyful Mystery is the Annunciation
As she prayed in the waiting room, she felt
Vertigo wash over her. Her doctor
Entered, beckoned her into his office.
Gently, said they’d confirmed the hCG
Results she’d gotten two days before, then
Asked how she was feeling, what she would do.
Throwing up every morning on her mom’s
Immaculate bathroom floor, what’d he think?
And then, when she was about to tell him -
myrrh and starlight, birth
apparition, psalm and verse,
inside deep a new life stirred,
Paused. Suddenly, not knowing why, she felt
Luminous, joyful, sorrowful, glorious,
Everything at once; yet certain that, while
Nothing would be the same, she would welcome
All to come, arms open, with virgin grace.