Editor’s note: Over the course of this week, in celebration of Epiphany, we will be publishing a series of poems on the Magi by Bishop Graham Kings, originally included in Andrew Wheeler’s Desire of Nations: The Magi, their Journey and the Child (2015).
Away from home,
It is finished.
Star trek over,
But not as they know it.
Mined mineral, for brilliant mind;
Sweet savour, for sense of spirit;
Balm of burial, for enwrapped body.
Warned and turned,
They follow the Way:
Another way home.
The featured image is from Ninian Comper’s reredos in the Lady Chapel of Downside Abbey. The photo was taken by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., and is licensed under Creative Commons.