The Still Pilgrim Recounts Another Annunciation

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Angela Alaimo O’Donnell.                                                                       

The Still Pilgrim Recounts Another Annunciation

Aren’t there annunciations… in most lives?

So here we are again, Mary,
you, me, and the ordinary
day scrolling out in front of us.
I check my phone for messages.
You greet your angelic guest,
dismiss him with a quiet “yes,”
and we get back to business,
the floor unswept, the house a mess,

as if the sky hadn’t shattered,
as if the things that once mattered
still do in the face of your wild dream.
How lovely, how young he seemed,
the boy who stepped in and read your heart
while we practiced our ordinary art.


Angela Alaimo O’Donnell is a writer, poet, and professor at Fordham University in New York City where she teaches English, Creative Writing, and American Catholic Studies. She also serves as Associate Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. O’Donnell is a graduate of Penn State University and holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in English Language & Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Still Pilgrim Recounts Another Annunciation is from her book, Still Pilgrim: Poems.

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Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page.

Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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