Salt of the earth
Sifting into obscure barn birth.
Grain of wheat, of sand, of taste
in wandering womb
Plod hidden, through Palestine waste.
Drip of sodium-rich blood
On stable straw
Then crossbeam, tomb, stone, mud.
Particle of quivering, vibrant power
in rot-prone flesh
Sparking reversal to sweet from sour.
Gritty infant, teacher, king
Your life to bring.