In Bethlehem


Not far from Mount Moriah
where the Father of the Faithful
built an altar of native stone,
and binding Isaac, laid him
on the fire-ready wood
of sacrifice, before he saw
the thicket-caught ram,
Mary lays her firstborn son,
wrapped in swaddling bands,
on tinder-dry hay
in limestone
manger
of a stable-cave.
Fulfilled again are words
of Abraham—
God will provide Himself a lamb.

For unto Us a Child Is Born, by Simon Dewey © courtesy of Altus Fine Art, American Fork, Utah; inset: detail from Sacrifice of Isaac, by Jerry Harston