Born and raised Catholic, I learned the traditional Hail Mary prayer as a child, and it remains rooted in the heart of my memory. Although I’ve traveled through other religious neighborhoods, I still return to the prayers of my childhood. What follows is my own version of the Hail Mary. It’s my poem and prayer dedicated to the Blessed Mother.
Hail Mary, Holy Mary,
Beautiful Mother of God,
Be with me now and always
that I may live in your mercy and grace.
Why do I pray to Mother Mary? It makes me feel better. And she answers.