Feminist Angelus – a poem by Lu Skerratt

Feminist Angelus
Our Lady

Hail Mary
Woman of power
Prophet of God
Bringer of light
All generations have called you blessed
As mother
Lover
Resistance fighter
Pray for us as we turn to you

Gabriel reached out to Mary,
And trembling asked if she could, world
Yes,
she hugged her knees tight
And her belly became full

Hail Mary
Woman of power
Prophet of God
Bringer of light
All generations have called you blessed
As mother
Lover
Resistance fighter
Pray for us as we turn to you

Smoking by the bike sheds
Kissing boys with immature lips
Carrying, holding nurturing God
Her body shifting with fearful joy

Hail Mary
Woman of power
Prophet of God
Bringer of light
All generations have called you blessed
As mother
Lover
Resistance fighter
Pray for us as we turn to you

Through anger and shame
Hiding God under a school skirt
There came a light
Gushing waters of hope, and a gentle cry
That turned the world upside down

Hail Mary
Woman of power
Prophet of God
Bringer of light
All generations have called you blessed
As mother
Lover
Resistance fighter
Pray for us as we turn to you

Mary
Hold us like you held your baby,
A cry in one hand, bottle in the other
Those late nights when we encounter Christ, step by step
As mothers
Lovers
Resistance fighters

Always turning to you

 

Lu Skerratt is a non binary Anglican exploring embodiment through Christian leadership and queer non conforming experiences of faith. They are currently doing a DthM at Durham University looking at bodies and boundaries at the Eucharistic table, and are part of St Mark’s, Sheffield.

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