. https://youtu.be/dYyxThEY71o . An Excerpt from The Western Star for Epiphany, January 6, 2022 The road stretched out forever in the morning, giving Balthazar plenty of time and space for thought. The meanderings of his mind returned to that strange gift old Caspar meant to give in honor of the newborn king of kings. The gift of death! It made no sense to him, and so he opened wide his mouth to protest once again his friend’s peculiar choice. But ere he had a chance to say a word, old Caspar, eyes aglint, slipped into song: . Oh, Myrrh is mine, and Gold is thine, And Frankincense for thee; Three precious things from noble kings, From gilded monarchs three, We give to him the Seraphim Regard with loving sight; But will he take to our mistake In giving what is right? Thy Frankincense is worth mere pence To what he giveth us; Thy glistening Gold is dull and old, As pretty as the dust; My bitter Myrrh, though rare and pure, He, rarer, purer still, Gives up his love from high above And hands to us his will. Then why do we in piety Present him toys in vain? We sure cannot with items bought Relieve him of his pain. But one thing we can do with three Small tokens stained with thrift, Forever drawn to ponder on The glory of his gift. . “You do not understand my offering,” old Caspar simply stated, “nor I yours. What use is frivolous frankincense to one of selfless spirit, born in purity?” . . Jack DesBois is a singer, actor, and storyteller. He gives annual Epiphany season performances of The Western Star, which he wrote in 2016. He self-published a chapbook of short poems in 2018. As a singer, Jack has had the good fortune to solo in several of the great works of Baroque Oratorio, including Handel’s Messiah (Bass) and Esther (Haman) and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (Jesus). Jack lives in Topsfield, Massachusetts.