advent journal: first supper


    we have several mangers on our mantle
    made of materials from ‘round the world
    each a collection of the usual suspects
    along with a contingent of livestock

    but there’s no food

    the magi made the effort to bring
    incense and offerings, but not one
    covered dish made the journey
    the shepherds too were empty handed

    on his way out Jesus gathered
    his friends and fed them a meal
    to remember over and over
    every time you eat he said

    but for all the angels and alleluias
    all the stars and promises
    how can it be no one thought
    mary and joseph might be hungry


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