A Business Trip. A sonnet for Epiphany

Their wives were not too keen about it all :
beyond the call of duty, so it seemed;
for if they read the heavens’ portents so well,
what need of proof; of presence at the scene ?

And then, to go without due retinue
through unforgiving deserts, foreign towns,
and forests hiding thieves -- and wild beasts too ?
And carrying rich gifts ? And worse – their crowns !

And so, to risk three kingdoms, not just one ?
And this, for sake of some religious creed
not even theirs ?… ‘Nay, love – it must be done :
we crown our lives, and kingdoms, with this deed;

these crowns are symbols of our rule on earth
to yield the King of Heaven at His Birth..’

◄ Language -- it's all fingers and thumbs

Dementia remembered ►

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 31st Dec 2009 15:20

'Point of view' poetry or stories are so challenging to write and lovely to read. New perspectives open up to both writer and reader.

I sang the part of the mother in 'Amahl and the Night Visitors', one of the most moving parts I have ever played. I had to repress tears every single performance, producing a rather throaty soprano at times perhaps, but very poignant so I was told. The music was heart-stopping. And thus I cherish the idea of 'The Magi' quite dearly.

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