Mark 5: 21-42


story within a story

            ancient bleeding

            inside a dead girl sleeping

            inner lifeless child

            rising up and raising

            an anaemic hope of dignity

            that years of steady dripping

            had bled a sickly white.

            young and old

            nestled mutually

            inside a quiet healing

            back and forth

            in and out

            a dialogue of years


            by mournful mocking

            and short-fused questions

            aimed at blowing up the obvious.

            the guffaws of the aggrieved,

            discipleship gone sarcastic

 in midday heat and jostle,

a saving power cutting through

speaking its own language

            TALITHA KOUM!

            “little girl get up!

            take your old woman

            and walk.”

stories within stories.

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Novalis will publish Greg's book - “Reupholstered Psalms” - on March 1, 2020.

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 09:55h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you Greg!

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