Sitting on a stone
Angels expect to happen what we’ve been told
will happen unlike you or that old man
overawed by incense & Gabriel’s presence
How can this be done?
when told in their old age
he & his wife would have a son Why
shouldn’t the archangel strike him dumb?
Herod was worse hammered against
what Micah foretold brought his shocking
sceptre down on every baby’s head
& then even the fishermen
questioned among themselves
what they’d been clearly shown
So try not to hold my mocking tone
against me when I said Why
do you seek the living among the dead?
as I sat on that rolled-away stone