Something in Simeon’s Speech


Two parents three days lost

without a child

all the while found in the temple:

it was less a case of running away

as a time for touching home.

“How could you do this to us?”

“How could I have not?”

The world is, after all, so tidal

ebb and flow

what’s left to discuss?

The first, brilliant star at night

is like a good, wholesome kid in grown company;

he had a hunch of this

and spent some years politely raising faith

in wish fulfilment,

until that day he felt the world

sufficiently strong to hear

a word and see a sign

of the unnerving love

called justice.


Ever since then, our eyes-closed dreams

cling to the first stable twinkle seen,

while our hope, once awoken, rides

tied to falling stars.


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

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