The Sane Thing to Do

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Native American Virgin and Christ Child, Mission San Antonio de Pala, Pala, California


This is not the season to rejoice.
Shame and scorn draw near to touch—
perhaps to torch—
the edges of your life.
There is no one to shield you
from unseemly words,
words tarnished by layers of grime,
words that will not mesh together now
or ever.
You steer an unsteady course;
seaweed tangles your rudder.
The sane thing to do?
Abandon this enterprise
of being an unwed mother!


Poem © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on December 11, 2016, in California, Mission San Antonio de Pala, Pala, poetry, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Recuerda Mi Corazon, Sunday's Whirligig, Twelve Days of Mary and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. torch the edges of your life… nicely written!

  2. I too liked the torched edges and the tangled seaweed.. how different the world may have been had she made that choice..

  3. Most times before it was imposed owing to unfortunate circumstances. Now it is very much a choice to stay together before marriage!


  4. Breathtaking….. we wonder what would have happened if Mary was not willing to carry out her task. What a strong teen-ager she was really to say YES, I will do it!

  5. enjoyed reading this- felt the emotions-

  6. Mary rose above for she understood.

  7. Very thought provoking poem to accompany your virgin — from California. She has such a tilt in her head like she is questioning her circumstance. The poem works to explain a little indignation.

  8. Wow, this makes one stop and think. Well done.

  9. Wonderfully written and beautifully juxtaposed with the image. Mary has real meaning when we see her in the context of her story as you do so well here., blessings to you

  10. The road is rough right now for many, wed or unwed. Powerful poem you penned.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      The road, I fear, is about to get much rougher. I think you know what I mean.

      On Sun, Dec 11, 2016 at 1:29 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  11. Just came home from worship where we sang “The Cherry Tree Carol” and read Advent quotes by Jan L. Richardson focusing on Mary as a whole woman, not waiting for a man to complete her. Sanity? Your poem adds a needed edge to the discussion.

  12. Infant mortality was always high prior to present times and getting rid of a child was not the safest way out. Getting married surely was the best answer especially if she was all ready courting or promised (as she reportedly was).

  13. … and continue to give birth and renewal to all you greet… vs death to all you meet…

  14. Arresting juxtaposition of words and picture.

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