the flight into egypt

By Sr. Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - 18 February 2015


from a coptic legend

in honor of all refugees


donkey brown as dust

click clicked across the stones

it must have been spring when they left

she olive dark and child

and he with tallit over fervent shoulders

the wind rustling their robes like leaves

hers pale green and child

both she and child would be hard pressed

in an unknown yet knowing future

becoming oil to cross foreheads with glistening fire