Herod unleashes terror.
Revenge, outraged, ventures out,
Many are slaughtered to slay the One:
The One survives to save the many.
This is one of a cycle of seven poems by Graham Kings on the Magi, for Andrew Wheeler's Book, ‘Desire of the Nations: The Magi, their journey and the Child’ (Seismos Press, 2015), written at Abbotsbury Swannery, Sub-Tropical Gardens and Chesil Beach, Dorset, 1-2 July 2015.
The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings is Hon Assistant Bishop and World Mission Adviser, Diocese of Southwark, and SCR Member, St Chad’s College, Durham. He has been theological secretary of Fulcrum since its founding.