yes, there was a star
and yes, the angels loud proclaimed to sheep and shepherds
and yes, a troop, a tribe of travelers, astrologers would come
and yes, the kingdom promised would someday soon arrive
        (if not in garb that any recognized)

a universe upheld / a suckling baby held
the king of heaven come down / the child of Mary lay down
an ancient prophecy to be fulfilled / a virgin's womb with child fulfilled

but first there was surprise and yes, confusion
first there were questions of chastity (on her part)
first there were questions of folly for keeping her (on his)
first there was incomprehending awe
first there was the trial of a pregnancy
first there was the challenge of a newborn

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