I’ve posted this poem before, but it was some time ago. I guess these days the title would not be considered ‘politically correct’ as we are now supposed to say ‘Before common era’ instead of ‘Before Christ’. As far as I can see this is just playing spillikins with words.
Anyway, the Christian church remembers and celebrates this week the visit of the Eastern sages to Jesus and his family, known as the ‘Epiphany’. For us it’s of huge significance because it shows how Jesus is for all people everywhere, not just for his own Jewish people.
Here it is.
BC : AD
This was the moment when Before
Turned into After, and the future’s
Uninvented timekeepers presented arms.
This was the moment when nothing
Happened. Only dull peace
Sprawled boringly over the earth.
This was the moment when even energetic Romans
Could find nothing better to do
Than counting heads in remote provinces.
And this was the moment
When a few farm workers and three
Members of an obscure Persian sect
Walked haphazard by starlight straight
Into the kingdom of heaven.
U A Fanthorpe (1929-2009)
The wise men were traditionally from Persia, modern Iran, and this painting is by an Iranian artist.