An Easter Triptych – Holy Thursday


Behind many a shoe-fetish there lurks

a foot-phobia, a purple disgust

for the clay where tall flesh meets supine earth,

where cold, unquickened blood, for lack of thrust,

pools and swells the socked and shod interface

between the human and the damp Other.

Our soles now soft, our steps hard, and our pace

a gallop, we need to love to cover

the kicking objects at the farthest pole

of our selves— twin tools that get us ahead

by stepping on, in, or over the whole

community which so kindly keeps us fed.

Thus the shame and shock when grace bends to wash

our filthy feet, exposed and cleansed at once.

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

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