Queen Anne

Source: alltrails.com
Queen Anne puts on
her meadow lace
as summer dries beneath
an august company
of courtly clouds
that flirt but will not rain.

Dusty grow her hardened
palace floors
but the cream of her finery
she keeps in perfect richness.

So few these days feel
the weight of her authority;
so few believe
in her divine right.
Yet splendid she stands,
regal and defiant
against the mobbish change
eating away her kingdom.
No matter how strong the heat,
how loud the complaints,
blood like hers, truly blue, never boils.

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 08:51h, 22 October Reply

    I love the way you write, Fr. Greg. You see and understand things that us mere mortals do not. Long live Queen Anne!

  • Carol von Zuben
    Posted at 11:45h, 22 October Reply

    Thanks so much Greg . “ Queen Anne” is an absolute delight to embrace. Every image is very precious. I’m sure it will bring forth many smiles from all of your readers.

  • Bill Clarke, sj
    Posted at 14:19h, 22 October Reply

    Greg; finally someone does true justice to Queen Anne’s lace. Thank you.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 18:10h, 22 October Reply

    Thank you Greg!

  • Zeny Ricafrente
    Posted at 15:47h, 01 November Reply

    Hello Fr. Greg,

    The Contemplative women of St Anne a ministry of St. Basil’s Church, To. in the last 7 years is humbled to know that the grandmother of our Saviour Jesus is now elevated to a queen. I say “humbled” because I am one of the original women who pledged and took the oath to the community. I am now requesting that I proceed to connect your special discernment on St. Anne to the CWSA community. There are 20 (give and take) committed women who meet for common prayer and studies and arts the latter happens every other month. Praise the Lord for the heightened interest, excitement and good news that your creativity bring to our community. Furtherly, enlighten me how can I make good function of St. Anne’s queenship
    in the context of your poetry.

    In the name of Jesus,

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