MCALPINE: The journey of the Magi

Seeking wisdom

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Would scan for pin-prick light the pit-bull black,

And curse the eyeless, deaf, mute sky

That mocked remorseful heart-pleas to go back.

Until that “just another” night,

When not just any natal star white-burned

And bade me follow its pure light.

To westward, homeward my steps turned.

I knew where this star-path would wend.

Was that not the Euphrates that we crossed?

Where could this mystery journey end,

But in the glades of paradise once lost?

But where it halted, where it stayed,

I tell you that no seer or sage could know.

A child within a manger laid?

Is this where wisdom would have bid me go?

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