The oboists in the pit are sucking cane. The Magi,
shattering the footlights with rubies and topaz,
have already marched to the hut of the impoverished
widow with the crippled son. Amahl, not yet cured,
flings himself on his crutch towards the star…
–excerpt from “Hautbois and the Night Visitors” in Jumping Off the Train by Donna Pucciani (Blue Forge Press 2007). First published in Pudding Magazine.