A Different Concept
Mary accepted the Angel Gabriel’s proclamation
that she had been chosen by God to bear His son.
Such a good girl she was — dutiful, reverent.
But what of all those girls before her? The
ones who said:
“No way! Not me!” or
“You’ve got to be kidding,” or
“Get out of here freak, I’m betrothed,” or
“Go see Ruth, she’ll do it.”
By the time Gabriel got to Mary,
he wasn’t asking anymore.
Russ Fee is a former civil rights attorney who now teaches elementary school in the Chicago area. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he majored in English. His poems have appeared in journals such as Barnwood Poetry Magazine and Potato Hill Poetry. Russ is the author of a book of poems about his teaching experiences entitled, A Dash of Expectation (Poems of the Classroom). He has three grown children and lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife Joan, a university professor.