epiphany is said to be:

a piercing awareness or

sudden jolt of understanding.


gifted eastern magi journey

to kneel in worship before the king,

marked by phenomenal starlight.


family with innocent infant flees

far from joseph’s prophetic dreams

of violence marching in roman boots.


yet epiphany can also be gradual;

as the accumulated experiences of life

slowly dawn with obvious truth on the mind.


ancient words written and read,

processed in head, absorbed by heart,

over the years may ripen into wisdom.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John Thomas Dodds
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 00:45:38

    Nicely put: yet epiphany can also be gradual;

    as the accumulated experiences of life

    slowly dawn with obvious truth on the mind.


  2. lynndiane
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 23:22:20

    Your comments, fellow poets, encourage me! Intriguing how determined the magi were to find the king…


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 17:20:57

    The second to last stanza really talked to me.. The gradual process … Very good


  4. Gabriella
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:47:02

    Great reflection on Epiphany! I like that it can be either piercing or gradual! I suppose it depends in the circumstances or our mood.


  5. grapeling
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:55:47

    a fresh take, well crafted ~


  6. lynndiane
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 03:09:54

    Thank you all for reading and adding your kind comments!


  7. Mary
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 02:21:26

    I really like your interpretation of epiphany. I agree with you that it can be sudden or gradual. But one thing is certain – it causes a person to deeply reflect whenever /however it happens!


  8. georgeplace2013
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 02:17:51

    I love that ending.


  9. jaybluepoems
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 01:39:10

    Very nice… a life’s length of discovery, of uplift, of “epiphany”… excellent work.


  10. othermary
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 01:20:05

    A fitting topic for the season.


  11. lynndiane
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 00:30:47

    I appreciated your poem too, Brian…so many comments there, I didn’t know what to add 🙂 (will check out tigerbrite’s)


  12. Brian Miller
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 00:06:58

    yes they may, if given room to grow and if nourished….tigerbrite wrote of the epiphany as well…sometimes the words take time to take hold…


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