give me a Buddha ear

to hear the river sing



Give me a Hindu hand,

generous with rose petals,

that trails fingers in the flow

from the Ganges to the Jordan.


Give me an Islamic eye

that shuts by instinct

on idols

and a Dervish heel

to whirl around the minor Meccas

found wherever there is whispered

a solid prayer.


Give me a Jewish dream

of nations and kings restored,

of special favours  from the Lord,

of pertinence to a land.


Stretch my mathematics

so that my faith agrees

that one and one and one

is one

and when all is done

and said

keep me silently suspended

in the unspeakable.

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

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