Food for Thought-Bethlehem

Bethlehem Map

It is easy to miss on the map,
You can’t get there from here,
Except by the most difficult means,
The driver, the station, the car,
The journey, a slog, a crawl,
One interminable mental blur,
Easing in the approaching lights.
Questions are asked,
Papers shown,
Bribes paid,
No, these are not the Galileans,
The ones you seek,
They are not here.
There was no room,
As you may see,
They have moved,
Where animals sleep.
Surely, the sheer audacity,
Of unwashed love,
Grace made messy,
Undefined and unrestrained,
Is present,
In this hidden place.

–Richard Bryant