While they were walking together he drew near
In disguise, quietly listening, unnoticed for a time.
While they were talking together he came alongside
In disguise, available, asking what they were discussing.
‘Don’t you know?’ they said, ‘are you oblivious?’
He smiled, ‘Tell me about it,’ he said.
And so they did, as they walked together
And he quietly listened, in disguise, taking it all in.
And so they talked and he listened,
Nodding at news he already knew,
Already understood on a much deeper level,
And when they had finished he spoke, in disguise.
And he took them back in time,
Back through history and the prophets,
Back through pain and trouble and longing,
Back to the dawning of a plan.
And so they stopped for food and he broke bread,
As he had done with them only days before.
He lifted the bread in disguise
And lowered it as Jesus of Nazareth, resurrected one.
And as their eyes were opened
He disappeared. No more need for disguise
No more need to be there in that place.
And so they ran back to their friends.
No more escaping, no more fleeing.
And as they told their story he drew near again.
And so it is today, Jesus of Nazareth often walks close,
In disguise, resurrected, listening, understanding, available.