Christian poets such as T.S. Eliot in his wonderful poem “The Journey of the Magi” have often written about the wise men who visited the baby Jesus and His family. That auspicious visit marks Epiphany on the church calendar and reminds us that followers of Christ will not always be understood by others.
by Mary Harwell Sayler
They called us foolish and
foolhardy. Some even said we’d
never show our faces in our towns
again, even if we did manage to
come back alive. They asked,
“What are you looking for anyway?”
But none of us could say. It was
too hard to explain. Even after
we returned with deep wonder
silencing us, they said our minds
had burned from watching stars.
© 1984, Mary Harwell Sayler. Originally published in Time of Singing and used here by permission of the poet, this poem was later included in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.