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The Visitation

Mosaic ceiling of St. John's Basilica, Florence, Italy

You'd think she would be stunned
by the presence of angelic orders.
But she had waited so long
for this very encounter to happen
that she just opened her arms
and wept
in passion remembered
and innocence renewed.

Nowhere in all the planets
was there greater wonder
than in this small apartment
where the dreams of a thousand lifetimes
were coming true

While all the neighbors
watched Wheel of Fortune
and reached for their TV Guides
to see what came next.

~Jonathan Young