Flight Into Egypt
No, only one day. Can't figure it out.
They said they would be here three days at least.
Half-price for the stable, I'd said, paid in
advance. They seemed willing enough, no cause
for any complaint there. They left – early.
No sound from the dogs. Not a word to me.
There, where the straw is layered out onto
the ground, I expect that's where they slept.
Yes, there was a child, born last night, their first.
No, I didn’t bother, I've five children
of my own, and besides, I have an inn
full of guests to look after, rooms to check,
meals to see to. Others were curious enough.
What's that? No, no forwarding address.