“For this is he about whom it is written: 'Behold, I am sending my messenger before your presence that he may prepare the road before you.' “Amen, I say to you, that among them born of women there has not arisen a greater than Yohannan (John) The Baptizer, but a little one in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.”
Open your eyes, dripping from the river,
and smell how sweet the raw, dry air.
Bird calls, the sigh of others on the bank,
the way your clothes undulate with the current,
steady, the hand on your shoulder ushering in the newborn,
blinking in surprise that the Kingdom has been