Joseph: After The Angels
By Dominic Palmer
Who knows but that another seed of doubt
was planted by a neighbour’s lowered gaze,
or conversation stopped when he walked out
to join them in those inauspicious days?
What future here? Fashioning a life
from splinters of their pity, sense of scandal?
He must have wondered. But he loved his wife
and trusted her enough to take that mantle
in marrying her, teaching their boy his trade
of craft and sacrifice with block and file.
He had his vision too. And in those days,
who knows but that they shared a secret smile,
how God had planted that sweet seed of faith
now growing in them, as, in darkness, child?