A Business Trip. A sonnet for Epiphany
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..’