POETRY: Revelation by Christos Victor

Revelation by Christos Victor

Father breathes with us;
true maiden bears a son
census in a tribal village

hosts herald good tidings
acquit sleeping shepherd’s quake
to visit scant inn’s trough

three sibylline kings seek infant
thwart vassal Herod’s cunning route;
swathe him in myrrh, frankincense, gold

seraph warns Joseph flee
to Egypt, in Bethlehem
swords sing; first-blood spilled

rewind path to Nazareth,
carpenter’s son teaches priests;
on blighted tree hung spurned

lamb’s sacrifice frees dead
to receive resurrection; children
sing, dance, and open gifts

“the happy give don’t take”;
jews and “dogs” eat
at the groom’s wedding feast.

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