Twelfth Night or

(6 January)


What You Will

A modest title

For a late, great play

Did he mean the pun about

His name?


What you will, Will

Will who was not the starving

Artist or

Unknown in his time


It is twelfth night

Or the twelfth day of Christmas

Christmas, in fact, in the east

In may (and maybe your) liturgical

Calendar, Epiphany


In some parts I know, there will be

A boar’s head festival

A Christian way to say

We remember our English

And European roots

Deep down as they might be

Unseen for an age


What is epiphanous today is

What is found and realized in the

Christ story


The magi come to visit with the family

Of Joseph

To leave gifts for the child who

They discover is

The one they were searching for

The sky was writing them about

That was the ink

They were the page

The message now fulfilled


No return to Herod

The last part


There are other matters of

New knowledge in new light

Years after,

He comes to his cousin John

Whose voice speaks to

The wildness in the wilderness

He splits the world in truth

Those who will believe the one

Those who will believe the other

A parable one day applies

Of sheep and goats



Turn around

Follow his way,

Says he of the one he must baptize

Because deep knowing says they must

Do this


A dove descends

The Spirit is involved

To have a litany of three

Whose echoes elicited the start

Of everything from nothing


What happened to the gifts

Sometimes I wonder

Over-obsessed, they would become a movie

Like the subjects of both arks

And a spear of destiny

Maybe they were covered in a box kept by his mother

As was her way

To have her son and all that followed, after


The season before the season

An ending and beginning

It truly is

A new year

Time for decisions

Whom to follow

In the drama that our forms reflect

The play between all things

The material our due

The cosmos in the universe

Play on


C L Couch



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