Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rest on the Flight into Egypt




Rest on the Flight into Egypt

How still the air must be this night –
A wisp of smoke
Moves straight to the sky
As the fugitive fire 
Slowly dies.

How still the night
As the light of heaven
Rests in Egypt’s ancient arms.

How still the night
As donkey grazes and
Joseph sleeps
While beyond the distant river
Some petty tyrant
Fashions weapons of war.

And a newly blessed mother
Slumbers in the protective Sabbath
Of a watchful Sphinx.

                                                 ~ CK


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Image: Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Artist: Luc Olivier Merson (French, 1846–1920)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Date: 1879



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