January 4th, 2010

Christmas, Advent

Advent 2009: We Three Camels

One would think that someone with an interest in children's and YA literature would have read more than two books by Jane Yolen, but looking over her bibliography that's all I can find: Owl Moon and Wizard's Hall. I think I've read some of her short stories as well. And this poem, of course.

We Three Camels

I carried a king,
But not the Child,
Through desert storms
And winds so wild
The sands crept into
Every pack.
But never did
My king look back.
"Forward!" he cried,
"We follow the star,
We do not stop."
So here we are.

I carried a king,
But not the One,
Through searing heat
And blinding sun,
Through nights so cold
My nostrils froze,
And slaves wrapped cloths
About my toes.
But forward we went
Led by a star.
We did not stop,
So here we are.

I carried a king,
But not the Babe,
And also boxes
Jewel inlaid.
My packs were stuffed
With scents and spice,
The grandest ladies
To entice.
No ladies saw we,
But only a star.
We did not stop
So here we are.

Jane Yolen (born 1939)

Previous Advent posts:

2004: The Three Kings
2005: A Merry Christmas
2006: All Is Calm, All Is Bright
2007: Who are these who ride by starlight
2008: Madonna and Child
2009: Chanticleer

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