Editor’s note: Over the course of this week, in celebration of Epiphany, we have published a series of poems by Bishop Graham Kings, originally included in Andrew Wheeler’s Desire of Nations: The Magi, their Journey and the Child (2015).

 

 

 

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Perennial problem

 

Into Egypt,

Joseph was sold,

rose to the heights,

and saved my people.

 

Out of Egypt,

Moses was freed,

received my Law,

and led my people.

 

Out of Egypt,

I called my Son,

brought by family,

renewing my people.

 

Threat of death passed over,

bypassing Judea,

Galilee beckons,

Nazareth welcomes,

my Refugee.

 

Tragically, later,

home town rejects

home-grown Prophet,

who cites my acts

for people outside.

 

Unsightly reaction incited:

my perennial problem.

 

Graham Kings‘s other posts may be found here. The featured image is Giotto’s Flight of the Holy Family (ca. 1304), and it is in the public domain. 

About The Author

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings (@GrahamRKings) is Honorary Assistant Bishop of Southwark, parish priest at St. Matthew’s at the Elephant, London, and a Senior Common Room member, St Chad’s College, Durham University.

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