Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

For Advent: A Business Trip

Poem by Michael Shepherd

Their wives were not too keen about it all:
beyond the call of duty, so it seemed;
for, if they read the heavens' portents so well,
what need of proof, of presence at the scene?

and then, to go without due retinue
through unforgiving deserts; foreign towns;
and forests hiding thieves and wild beasts too?
and carrying rich gifts? and worse, their crowns?

and so to risk three kingdoms, not just one?
and for the sake of some religious creed
not even ours? 'Nay, love - it must be done;
we crown our lives and kingdoms with this deed;

these crowns are symbols of our rule on earth,
to yield the King of Heaven at His birth.'

Comments about For Advent: A Business Trip by Michael Shepherd

  • Tears In Rain (9/26/2005 6:04:00 PM)

    Excellent portrayal of a traditionally missing point of view, not undermined, but enhanced by the traditional reply at the end.(Report)Reply

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  • Samer Madbak (11/29/2004 11:16:00 PM)

    Very insightful and clever.... I like it(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 29, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, October 3, 2005