It is Christmas Eve.
fifty years ago,
I was turning fifteen.
I slipped into the sheep pen with the wooly ones,
with an oil lamp and my harmonica.
I sat with them in the hay,
they lay all around me.
I played excerpts from Handel's Messiah,
every carol I knew,
worshipped and sought a vision of angels,
sought unity with the holy family,
listened for an echo from the Lord of Christmas.
The sheep were patient with my intrusion.
After midnight I went back to the house for bed.
I had not been disappointed.