Did the Magi follow the star across the sea
to the new land, to America
seeking God who will reveal himself again
in a cave?
God in a cave would be so difficult to find
for the star is obscured by bright lights
big cities, ciphers of commerce;
even the angels are lost in America.
Where shall they seek him?
Amidst the clouds of incense
the glow of censers
swung by aging priests?
or perhaps he will lay
in a basket, God’s image visible
through the glass walls
of the Crystal Cathedral?
Will they find God
knocking on the doors of the rich
outside the gated houses of the Pharisees;
inside the bank among the money changers?
or among the hard of heart
sitting in the pews murmuring
“In God we Trust
All others pay cash?”
Or is it already midnight
the star now unseen
with no hope left
of finding the child in a cave?
Alas, the star no longer visible
the Magi follow the sounds of laughter
going door to door in America asking
“Where is the child?”
Luciano Pavarotti at Cathedral of Notre Dame – Montreal 1975