Feeding God

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His face
pressed against
her breast.

So this 
is what he looks like.
The one the prophets spoke of.
The one the angel offered.

Her eyes catch Joseph’s gaze. 
Mary whispers,
‘He looks like us!’ 
‘YHWH looks like us.’

His turned-up nose
now hunting for milk.
With trembling fingers
she does her best
to flick open the mouth of God.
Pulling his head in 
closer to her chest. 
Closer to her heart.

In this way, 
God receives his first meal. 
In a stranger’s home. 
From the body 
of a teenage Galilean. 
Swallowing and slurping 
like a hungry lamb.

The memory of every event
leading up to this moment
courses through her body.
Tears of relief
cross her olive cheeks
and fall upon her newborn.

As Joseph now
strokes her brow,
she closes her eyes,
looks up to the heavens,
and catches herself
giving thanks to God
...who now lays in her arms.


David Tensen
Dec 2020

David Tensen is a speaker, writer, consultant and trainer, as well as a poet. He brings together a unique fusion of experience ranging from business to leadership, emotional health to spiritual development. David and wife Natalie have three children and live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

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