Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Poem--Joseph Brodsky's FLIGHT TO EGYPT

Every year, Joseph Brodsky wrote a Nativity Poem. Here is his "Flight to Egypt".  The translation is mine.

                    FLIGHT TO EGYPT

. . .where the drover came from, no one knew.
Their affinity made the heavens slate
the desert for a miracle. There, they chose to light
a fire and camp, the cave in a vortex of snow.
Not divining his role, the Infant drowsed
in a halo of curls that would quickly become
accustomed to radiance. Its glow would climb--
beyond that dark-skinned enclave--to rise
like the light of a star that endures
as long as the earth exists: everywhere.

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