Reality meets Hope

where reality meets hope
is a narrow path…
pretty much a rabbit run
between two bushy densities
along a fallen fenceline
of fieldstone pulled with sweat
from the space that once grew oats.

where reality meets hope
is a buckled doorjamb
bloated out by summer’s
humid sun
where closure doesn’t nicely happen
without a forceful tug.

where reality meets hope
is another thin page
in the calendar guilty
of assault for papercutting
the tip (just below the nail),
of an ill-timed finger.

where reality meets hope
is the nascent separation
between shoe and sole
spurred by every step
both false and true:

this the price
(or is it the wage?)
of walking.

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.

  • Wendy McCreath
    Posted at 07:34h, 04 June Reply

    Keep hoping, Greg! So should we all.

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