Ode to Three Kings Day! “Epiphany”

“Journey Of The Magi” -T. S. Eliot-

‘A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year

For a journey, and such a journey:

The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.’

And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow.

There were times we regretted

The summer palaces on slopes, the

terraces, And the silken girls bringing sherbet. Then the camel men cursing and grumbling

And running away, and wanting their liquor and women, 

And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters, 

And the cities hostile and the towns

unfriendly. And the villages dirty and charging high

prices: A hard time we had of it.

At the end we preferred to travel all

night, Sleeping in snatches,

With the voices singing in our ears, 

saying. That this was all folly.
Then at dawn we came down to a 

temperate valley,

Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation; With a running stream and a water-mill

beating the darkness,

And three trees on the low sky,

And an old white horse galloped in 

away in the meadow. Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel, Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,

And feet kicking the empty wine-skins. But there was no information, and so we continued

And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon Finding the place; it was (you may say)

All this was a long time ago, I 

remember, And I would do it again, but set down This set down

This: were we led all that way for

Birth or Death? There was a Birth, 

certainly, We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,

But had thought they were different; this Birth was 

Hard and bitter agony for us, like 

Death, our death. We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, 

But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,

With an alien people clutching their

gods. I should be glad of another death.

Much Love, Peace,  Joy & Happiness!!! 



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