"As soon as I heard
the sound of your greeting,
the child in my womb
leaped for joy."
— Luke 1:44

For Joy

You can prepare,
but still
it will come to you
by surprise,

crossing through your doorway,
calling your name in greeting,
turning like a child
who quickens suddenly
within you.

It will astonish you
how wide your heart
will open in welcome

for the joy
that finds you
so ready
and still so unprepared.