Jonah and the Whale


The great fish swallowed Jonah

like any old piece of plastic

that thickens/sickens the sea.

For three days and nights

the foreign body indigestible

crowded up the marine gut

until God, rich in compassion,

took pity on the whale

and sent a dove with tickling wings

to brush the back of the baleen throat

and kickstart the redemptive instinct

of bringing up.

So out came all the junk

on a dirty beach in Assyria

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

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