This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Fr. Robert Phelps, O.F.M. Cap.
Five days from Nazareth,
driven by the words of an angel,
young Miriam has trudged up
miles of unforgiving incline;
tired. pregnant. hungry.
A frail young girl, she touches
reverently the mezuzah
above the door of Casa Zechariah,
kisses the two fingers,
calls out her ‘Shalom,’
and falls into the arms of her aunt;
Elderly Elizabeth, wondrous with her blessing,…