Joseph and Me
by Shawn M. Klimek
The inn furthest from the road, beside the two olive trees. I hear moaning from within the stable, like a woman in labor.
We’re on our way.
Down here, sir. Stay low.
Is that a baby crying? Oh my—. Merry Christmas everyone!
Shh! Merry Christmas.
That old man who just stepped outside must be Joseph. Piedmont, your Galilean dialect is the best. Go talk to him.
That was quick. What did he say?
Peace, praise God. Nice weather. Just polite conversation.
Did you get the selfie?
That’s the important thing. Let’s go. When to next?
Shawn M. Klimek is the internationally published, multi-genre author of more than 200 poems and stories, including many cited for special recognition or featured in best-of collections. He is the author of Hungry Thing, an illustrated fantasy tale told in five poems. He lives in Illinois, USA, with his wife and their Maltese.