Young Humpy-Back Camel with his scraggly coat tan
Stood with Master Ishmael on the cool desert sand.
Both had been chosen for caravan entourage to lead
By three diverse Magi, being most wise men indeed.
Gaspar told how he’d read from the prophets of old
About the birth of Messiah, which had long been foretold.
Melchior, the oldest, long awaited the coming of a star,
As had other magi, including the Ethiopian, Balthazar.
On Humpy-Back Camel, Ishmael tied with great care
Three Magi’s bundles and water-filled earthenware.
Humpy-Back Camel arose, holding up his head high.
To Jerusalem he plodded, following a star in the sky.
“Where is He Who is born?” Magi asked of the king.
“New King of the Jews, for a bright star we’ve seen.”
As Herod heard these things, he was troubled within.
On counsel of scribes, the Magi went to Bethlehem.
Thus Humpy-Back Camel expectantly led that envoy.
As the star went before them, the Magi felt a great joy.
There at a stable, Humpy-Back Camel knelt in his way
Before Mary, Joseph, and Jesus on His bed of hay.
Humpy-Back Camel knew, now deep down in his heart,
With the strength in his back that he’d done his part.
He watched as the Magi from their bundles secure
Take precious gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
Poet1108--Kay A Davis