Poem: What If

What if,
when Gabriel called,
Mary said, “No”;

And, John baptized
with water
for repentance,
but no baptism
of the spirit
followed;

And, he lost his head
after Salome danced,
to be forgotten
as one more fanatic;

And, no one was
healed in body or spirit, and
had no need to leave
the shores of Galilee
to catch anything
other than fish;

And, the Pharisees and Sadducees
vied to dominate
Jewish thought and custom,
while various rebellions
threatened the Roman occupation;

And, Barabbas was executed
between two thieves,
who cursed and spit on him
without one to at least
admit guilt and ask for
repentance;

And, no one
needed to meet
in the upper room,
wondering and fearing
about their fate;

And, women did
not need to go to
the gravesite,
for no entrance
needed to be found open
to an empty tomb;

And, no one needed
to follow They Way,
for there was no
good news to proclaim,
nor tongues of fire
nor message to present
in every tongue;

And, Saul merely
gathered those who
started sects of Judaism
and brought them for
trial at the Sanhedrin;

And, Gentiles continued
to be Gentiles with
their pantheons of gods,
and philosophy,
and unanswerable questions,
and idols to unknown gods;

And, Roman Emperors
were just rotten leaders
who blamed fires on minority
groups of displaced people,
killing them for bread and circus
to appease the common folks;

And, no martyrs
nor miracles needed
to gather stories
and letters to become
a new collection of scriptures;

And, no traditions
or rituals needed to provided
structure and organization
to a people’s faith;

And, no churches,
nor basilicas,
nor cathedrals
needed to be designed
nor built to house
those traditions
nor symbolize
that faith;

And, no false
prophets or herisies
arose for there
would be no orthodoxy
to challenge;

And, no reforms
nor protestations
would arise
for leaders were
merely men trying
to impose their will
without authority;

And, war would
just be war
for there would be
no justification
of a good war,
with evil being
irrelevant when
power would merely
be held by those stronger
than others;

And, no one
would have questioned
whether civilians had
rights, or voices, or votes,
as most would merely
be slaves, or servants, or serfs
doing the will
of those who claimed authority;

And, we had no message
to lover our neighbors,
nor do good,
nor put our faith
into works;

And, we had no opportunities
to see mysterious
situations, in which
we could say “Yes”.

But, Mary did say “Yes”

About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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7 Responses to Poem: What If

  1. Pat Kerr says:

    Oscar…..I for one am so very blessed all because Mary said “yes”. Thank you for being you.

  2. Emily McKenney says:

    Merry christmas Oscar!! That was a beautiful poem and lot to ponder in our hearts. Thank you, Love, Emily

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  3. Brother Dave says:

    Thanks for taking the time to reflect and respond. Beautiful words to help us each think more deeply about how we have loved and how we too can respond. Merry Christmas Hermit!

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    It is a beautiful poem, Oscar. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

  5. Hi Oscar,
    Stopping by to wish you an amazing 2021!
    Many blessings! ♥♥

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