Robe Project — 56
Poor Joe, always in the background
Nearly forgotten, striped cap, peasant robe
Sandals of rough wood. Standing behind
The Magi, not even really in the stable.
How did the neighbors treat him?
Obviously a cuckold, though “what a saint.”
Father to a child whose father’s unseen
Unknowable not here
Did he really believe or was
he so in love with her — no matter?
Hard to know and did he die in a work
related accident, no L&I back then.
But no respect for the craftsmen
and of course there were jokes about his ‘wood’
Until James came along.
Does James know who his father is?
The story had to confuse a young boy.
Must have idolized his older brother,
Or was ‘J’ younger?
Do we really know? Joe didn’t tell.
Took centuries to make him a saint too.