It’s strange, to be sure, prompting many a doubt,
and even the scholars can’t figure it out
why Matthew, who no one would say is a dolt,
made Christ ride a donkey as well as her colt.
Perhaps it was whimsy, just Matt being droll,
to mount the Messiah on filly and foal;
or maybe he found himself tied in a knot
when trying to make every tittle and jot
of prophecies old a meticulous fit
and didn’t know quite how to edit or quit
when verses came up that said “riding on two.”
We just can’t be certain, we don’t have a clue
why Christ so specifically (joking aside)
wants mother and offspring alike for his ride.
The question is open for you to opine
and your guess is good as the guess that is mine:
So I think that Jesus (this theory’s my own),
who knew what it’s like to be left all alone,
imagined the jenny apart from her foal
and felt donkey anguish knife into his soul,
and being a Mother himself, and so kind,
could simply not bear to leave baby behind.