The Feast of the Nativity ‘Twas the night before a brilliant star They roam the desert near and far, When they happen upon the city of light The City of David in all her might. Greeted, they are, from here and from there, Yet nowhere to lay their heads so fair. So in with the beasts they go without shame, While in quiet hope, the Son of Man came. And angels dance from altars on high While shepherds rejoice with shofars in vie, When hence the wondrous sun rising east Shines upon kings and their magnificent feast. Come, they did, bearing gifts for the Son, Three kings, to be clear, approaching as one. Laying their gifts at the feet of their King They fall to their knees and homage they sing. One gift from the mind for all that we know, All wisdom abounds so beauty may flow. One gift from the soul for all that we heed, All our strength, all our might, so all may lead. One gift from the heart for all that we feel, All our joy, all our pain so all may heal. For today is born a child in time And the Glory of God rings from the chime, Proclaiming goodwill to all who will hear Banishing forever all of our fear. So sing with great joy and always in sight: Merry Christmas to all . . . Sonnet 49: The Cardinal of Hong Kong to Joseph Cardinal Zen: Archbishop of Hong Kong, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2019 Robed in the scarlet of ages gone by, As kindness glistens from below his brow, A sullen mien shows the pain of his vow. For these shameless times, he will but cry-- To his God ever great; the God of Sanai. With the seas, he breaths the air of Thou, Watching as Rome surrenders to Mao; This scarlet robe never bows to the lie. He pleads and begs with his pontiff so dear-- And the sting of Judas cuts as a knife. Rise, Your Eminence, and rebuff the fear-- Look to the stars for they’re always so near, Look for the souls, your triumph in life. For you, all the angels and saints will cheer! Steven Insalaco lives and works in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area and is a professor of Humanities at a Pasco Hernando State College. He is the author of Solicitations, a collections of poems including Soliciting Cicero, an epic poem in the tradition of Alexander Pope that examines the four most iconic subjects in human history: God, War, Happiness, & Love.