Beneath, two bikers follow it - the sole source
of sight on a quiet Friday evening.
2000 years ago on the same continent,
two different travelers, not quite as far from home,
followed the single star that illuminated their countryside.
The evening must have been similar - cool and clear,
shockingly silent, as if some bigger force was at play.
When the trees cleared and the low Paris skyline
allowed the bikers to see the source of the searchlight,
they were surprised by the sheer size of it.
The Eiffel Tower, 20 minutes shy of its hourly sparkling show,
filled the entire sky.
When they reached a good spot just in time to watch it shine,
the younger of the two continued to chase it,
letting the searchlight draw her nearer,
as once the star of Bethlehem led another young woman
to the beginning of a life.