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The poem's imagery draws a deliberate parallel between a mother accepting the task of caring for a physically disabled child, and images of the Virgin and Child and the Annunciation, implying a similar un-humanness in the Child, and a similar more-than-humanness in the child.
Two officers on opposite sides in the Hungarian Revolution encounter during a building search, and by tacit agreement back off without firing, and tell their troops no-one is there. The poem ends with an image of life's fragility.