The sheep huddled against this big rock.
Jake keeps watch while I wrestle with sleep:
—wool prices down, third year
—owner talks of selling out
—Jake and me—Where do we go?
—Martha’s carrying our fifth child
—rumors that Herod’s at it again,
—this time killing babies.
—Same old story:
the Empire trades in fear.
Where can we run?
Like papa says, “I hate being poor.”
Then a light out of the sky.
Am I asleep already?
I hear voices.
A rumor, they say:
A refugee couple living in a box
Had a baby. Screaming. Cold. Hungry.
The voices are singing,
“All will be well,"
All will be well.”
Like papa says, “Dreaming is the only
hope poor folks have.”
Harry C. Kiely, co-author of One Nation, Many Gods, is a retired United Methodist clergy living in Silver Spring, Md.
Image: Sheep in the early morning light in the Dutch heath, Fotografiecor.nl  / Shutterstock.com