Three Bedouins are lumbering on camels through the desert beneath a star speckled sky. They were told of a sliver of light on the horizon portending a momentous event in a village called Bethlehem.

As they draw closer to the faint light three lavishly attired strangers feverishly ride out of the blanket of darkness toward them beating their camels to gallop faster.  The Bedouins plead with them to stop and explain their haste and relieve their weary camels.

The strangers recount discovering in Bethlehem a stall behind a tavern where an infant child was cradled in his exhausted mother’s arms, an older man was standing in the shadows along with watchful placid moist-eyed beasts.

They caution the Bedouins that they will be challenged by the youthful mother to open their hearts and allow her child to “be born in them” by giving all they have to the poor, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, comforting the mournful, being humble, compassionate and forgiving.

The Bedouins listen as the strangers tell how they became restless as the young mother spoke, picked up their satchels of treasure, bolted out the barn, climbed on their camels and speedily headed back to their realms, murmuring “That woman and child are asking too much of us.”

As the strangers fade into the darkness, the three Bedouins gently nudge their camels and continue to follow the light toward Bethlehem.

David was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 35 years before the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames.” He continues to write poetry and makes presentations on poetry of Eastern and Western Mystics and leads poetry workshops as a faculty member of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine. David is a regular contributor to Kind Over Matter. David plays the “Shakuhachi,” a Japanese bamboo flute used in Zen Buddhist meditation and celebration. He combines his flute music with poetry readings. He has taught Tibetan and Western poetry to Buddhists monks at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can contact David via email or follow him on his website.

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