The Stones on the Road to Bethlehem

An Advent poem, reflecting on the parallels between the road to Bethlehem and the road of the triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Thanks to my bishop, whom I had asked to pray for me on the day that I wrote it.

But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.” Luke 19:40 The Message

Anthem unto anthem

The angels sang.

Star unto stones

The proclamation rang.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Follower to follower

Would echo the cry

While Pharisees among them

Did decry.

Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

Donkey and man

Plodded along,

No coats and palms

To soften the stings.

What song, what song

Did you sing

As footfalls mounted on eagles’ wings?

Psalm 19:1-4, Isaiah 40:31, Luke 19:35-40


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