Catch and Release


When God does down with line and pole

to his favorite fish’in hole

that’s precisely his best plan:

he reels in a woman  or a man,

admires their rainbow shimmering,

then throws ‘em back to go on swimming.


Some return with a hole in their cheek,

some with words they can’t really speak;

the water’s the same but different:

by day it’s a little more resplendent,

by night it’s deeper than they remember it.

Somehow they feel more free

for having be caught and released.


Maybe that’s the way to go

with just about everything we know:

when we look out the window…

be caught in the dream

when we go to the movies…

be caught in the scene

when we pull out the cellphone…

be caught in the talk

when we get on our feet

be caught in the walk.

Be caught for the moment, then release(d)

and go on your way a little more free.

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

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 01:50h, 03 July Reply

    Thanks Greg!

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