epiphany – January 5


Mary looks awkward, Joseph

stern, the shepherd boy fidgits

while the wise kings approach

in song


the three of the orient bearing

their gifts, while the choir

angels, wings pasted to their

backs, tell of glorious



and the black king Herod

orates as if he really will

worship this time, but

we know better.


it hasn’t changed, power

still hates the intervention

and the competition big

or small.


the rest of us just hope that

the power is not all, and

that the One will still come

to change us.


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