The Wise Men

The Wise Men

The Magi travelled to Palestine
on camels and a government
grant from the Parthian Empire.

Cheated in the camel market,
loaded high with scientific gear
and a few gifts from the royal store;
they let theory guide observation.

Herod got his Brains Trust on
the job, and provided some
peer review; and off went the three
nerds, to follow the Star to Bethlehem.

And “when they saw the star,
they rejoiced with exceeding
great joy”; because their calculations
were correct, and their funding
justified, and their report to
the Imperial Chief Scientist
would write itself.

God sent an angel like a Divine
email to warn them not to return
to Herod to share their exciting
ground-truthed data, because
they needed to be told the obvious.

Julian O’Dea

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on August 19, 2019 at 12:19 am

    I think they should have sent two parties, the Wise Men to baby Jesus and three wise guys to Herod.

    Seriously, what is lost to us is the celestial event that made the Star of Bethlehem and what led the Magi there.


  2. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on September 17, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    You are missed. Has the Muse been silent?


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