A Penitent Considers Another Coming of Mary

By Gwendolyn Brooks 1917–2000 Gwendolyn Brooks

For Reverend Theodore Richardson

If Mary came would Mary   
Forgive, as Mothers may,   
And sad and second Saviour   
Furnish us today?

She would not shake her head and leave   
This military air,
But ratify a modern hay,
And put her Baby there.

Mary would not punish men—
If Mary came again.

Gwendolyn Brooks, “A Penitent Considers Another Coming of Mary” from Selected Poems. Copyright © 1963 by Gwendolyn Brooks. Reprinted with the permission of the Estate of Gwendolyn Brooks.

Source: Selected Poems (1963)

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Poet Gwendolyn Brooks 1917–2000

Subjects Religion, Social Commentaries, Parenthood, Living

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Gwendolyn Brooks was a highly regarded, much-honored poet, with the distinction of being the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She also was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress—the first black woman to hold that position—and poet laureate of the State of Illinois. Many of Brooks's works display a political consciousness, especially those from the 1960s and later, with several of her poems reflecting the civil . . .

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