Down to Earth

           Asses’ hooves clap the cobbles
           While sandaled feet smack the paving stones
           As gravity gains the upper hand in the back yard
           And the tyre hits the tarmac with the puff of smoke
           Of a safe landing as you arrive
           In mystery multiplied – the divine incarnate
           In flesh and blood, leaving heads in the clouds
           While the firstborn comes out unharmed,
           Bouncing onto hay in noiseless arrival
           Until there are knocks at the door – sounds 
           Of a carpenter’s bench and centurion’s hammer,
           As learned men and lowly shepherds,
           Who’d heard the news, have popped along
           To find heaven has come down to earth in silence.

November 2012