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Author of this poem:

Robert Rhodes (Yao Xin)
(November 30, 2004)

African Creche

Three ebony kings:
tall and astute with
blond mkongo hats
like Sufis --
and the shepherds, two
straggling mujahideen --
kneel with a Yusef who
could be fresh from a
Sudanese jail, or torture
chamber in Mogadishu.

And Maryam, speechless,
bound heart and soul
by the angel --

and the child -- what of
the hungry, life-clinging child?

Humming Bird

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