January 3, 2009

Epiphany

I don't normally repeat posts of my work if already on this blog, but given the proximity of the feast of the Epiphany, and what is going on in the Holy Land right now, I thought this would be an appropriate reminder...

Duty

to KMY

Somewhere a child is crying.
Lord, help me find him
that I may do my duty to my King.
Led by what dark star
to the outskirts of the capital,
as a man under orders,
commanded, I go.

All of them, he said,
up to the age of two.
I passed one by a while back,
perhaps small for his age;
the soldier behind me thought otherwise.

Soldier. Is this soldiers’ work?
Up to the age of two, he said.
The King is a hard man.
It’s no disloyalty to acknowledge it.
You don’t build a kingdom being soft.
He cuts a broad swath, our King.
All of them, he said,
up to the age of two.

It’s quieter now the screaming’s over.
The cobblestones are slippery
and it’s too dark now
to see with what.
But somewhere up ahead
a child is crying.
Lord, help me find him
that I may do my duty to my King.

— Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG
A mirrorwise reflection between Matthew 2.16 and John 16.2


This poem was first published in The Witness online, December 2003

6 comments:

Doorman-Priest said...

Very arresting and also timely.

Sherry Peyton said...

Stunningly poignant and so very appropriate. Thank you.

Jan said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Very powerful. May we share it, with proper credit and a link to this site?

John Delmore

Tobias Haller said...

Dear John,
Please feel free to share and link. And thanks to all for the kind words.

Spinning said...

Very powerful....