Editor’s note: Over the next week, in celebration of Epiphany, we will be publishing a series of poems on the Magi by Bishop Graham Kings, originally included in Andrew Wheeler’s Desire of Nations: The Magi, their Journey and the Child (2015).






Farcical Journey

Persians not Arabs

Farsi not Arabic,

Magi not Kings:

worship not rule.

Crazy and farcical,

leaving two rivers,

to follow a star,

to worship a King:

a journey afar.

Leaving behind

family and kin,

like Abram of old,

unlike the King:

outside his line.

Bishop Graham Kings’s other posts may be found here. The featured image is an etching in a 19th century Bible, and is licensed under Creative Commons. 

About The Author

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings (@GrahamRKings) is honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Ely.

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