There Were More

Three – RDP Saturday



The Festival of the Three has a long history, but carries many historical discrepancies. There are three gifts given by the Magi to Mary on behalf of Jesus, but the number of gifts doesn’t indicate the actual number of wise people. There is no mention of camels in the story. They weren’t kings either, but Magi or the cream of the wise in any realm –  were astronomers, geographers, metallurgists, healers, etc.


There Were More

Wittgenstein, Jung, Curie, and Bohr
walked into Bethlehem,
and kicked some dust around,
eventually getting to some house,
where an unwed mother waxed lyrical about her child,
who smiled beatifically,
at the wise ones,
and asked;
why four?
and why no camels?
Perplexed, Jung replied that
greeting cards created expectations,
a kind of make up your own story,
but there were no camels,
and there were more than three,
though finding wise ones was problematic.

©Paul Vincent Cannon





Filed under Alt-Religion, Free Verse, life, Mythology, poem, religion

34 responses to “There Were More

  1. Not sure if you meant to do it, but this cracked me up!

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  2. Hah! That’s just wonderful!☺

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  3. lol you had me giggling from the title … there was a Christmas card going round this year where one lady copied and glued a picture with quote into the cheap cards …
    “can believe a child to a virgin … but three WISE men … please!”

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  4. Lol too funny! I love it!

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  5. Cracked me up too. For some reason I imagined a time vortex replaces the three wise men visiting Jesus with Carl Jung, Carl Segan and a guide puzzled from Carlbad Caverns… and this is what happened…

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  6. * puzzled guide from Carlsbad Caverns

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  7. Nothing against Wittgenstein, Curie, and Bohr, I just couldn’t imagine what they’d say because I don’t know enough about them. Anyway, thanks for this.

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  8. life of their own. Like my stupid computer. 🙂

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  9. Hélène Vaillant

    You gave me a good laugh with this one. It is well done for the prompt.

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  10. Suzanne

    Well done. I really enjoyed this. 🙂

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  11. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Come read Paul’s clever twist in – THERE WERE MORE

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  12. Wise and it brings a smile!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Bernie Delaney

    Really interesting take, quite deep actually.

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  14. lync56

    Well crafted – so creative and enlightening



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