The Magi by Night

They travelled by night
they followed his star meaning
they had to wait for darkness to fall as a mantle
about their shoulders to know the way

to navigate mountainsides littered with bodies
of mountain goats sleeping mountain lions creeping
owls startled at this untimely interruption
of their prey-ful meditation;

they followed his star meaning maybe
that they stumbled on stepping stones
robes heavy with salt and clay
casting relics with their feet as they

followed his star waiting by day
for God’s preëternal presence
to show them the light

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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