Greyhound: Buffalo to N.Y.N.Y.

a cross and a treble clef
no larger than a snowdrop petal
inhabited her lapel;
this tiny sign of music
and belief
suddenly crystalized the  bus,
and all these voiceless strangers,
second class,
barred from flight by price,
became a snoring choir
sonorous under her conduction.

we hit all desired notes
and destinations
despite traffic and construction.
the fact that I remember still
that understated flash
of silver against the greyness
of her uniform
makes me wonder how
what I wear
also works on others
in the way that they sing.

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.

  • Vicky Chen
    Posted at 06:04h, 02 July Reply

    Thank you, Greg. I could really relate to your poem today. Yes, serving God in music brings joy to life.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 08:19h, 02 July Reply

    Thank you Greg!

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