madonna's prayerVirgin Reconciled

by Laura Botsford

Carving crisp angles out of stone was the hardest part; she was frozen there in marble for thousands of years until he came to release her from stone. He just had to find her. Then before you knew that anything could ever be so fabulously resonate, she was revealed. He found a bit of magic when he dislodged the corners around her eyes. Compassion flowed into a human face.

Grace covered her marble body and transformed the design into a woman.  Her statue stood readied for the town square.   Above all reproach because she was theirs   –  Lovers sat at her feet – Children touched her hands – Rain fell quietly not to disturb her smile

People sometimes laid a rose at her feet, believing it would dissolve through the marble straight into her spirit.

Only if we could have come at midnight we would have seen her walk about the garden.

The invocation had been read to bless her place in the court yard

A children’s choir sang.

In the distance, the church bells played Ava Maria

How did we sleep through such a miracle?

Now that the morning streams in our Saviors baptism with incandescent purity, even with Christmas gone

Alas, my sister who wishes to come back I say that only once in a universes blip could this have been so for if ever you were one to serve mankind for all eternity, your race was won.

Now the women who walk the earth, with babes in their arms take up the mantel. We engage in the “growing up” battles with every kiss on a little tear stained cheek.

With laughter shared in discovery of each promise of a new day our Marys’ soul lives through neither Catholic nor a Venus.

Nor only as a Mother of God

We women carry each the Christ seed to be born.

And each child that she bears is divine.

We manifest destiny and save each age of Earth from

The brambles of deceit, the profane ruthlessness that seeks to choke Eden from our memories

She will not be placated with charming lies

One can not succeed to hide her in shame

Nor vy her for selfish intentions

Or bid her into slavery

She can not be ordered into submission

Because she was petitioned by God

Greater is her spirit than any oppression for she is of God’s own cherished design.


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