not" the herald said—yet until then
I think the shepherds were quite unconcerned.
perhaps, or quarrelsome, or bored, but not
expecting anything to happen, and anxious
the usual domestic reasons. What scared them
was the sight of their clean, familiar sky ripped open
from another dimension,
brilliant with the news that God
become a man, and is quite unlike
anything that we expected—this is something
to be afraid
of, this rude intrusion
into the world we thought we had created:
has turned burglar, breaking in
to steal our Chubb-locked hearts, and throw the keys away.
Fear not cf Luke