Climate Sonnet

Under heavens christened “Heraclitus”
how dare we think that we can stay the same?
Our heads, never in the one river twice,
wade like anchors into the weather’s change.

We sink unmoved beneath the constant flow—
this our denied crime, our epochal shame;
thus perishes the thought of what we know
and the good end at which our hearts take aim.

We drown in crises without precedent,
as others did when earlier they came;
we forget we find forgetting pleasant
then enjoy remembering it again.
We resist. We refuse. We stick in mud
and watch amazed our stuckness swell the flood.

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
    Posted at 22:26h, 21 January Reply

    Thank you Greg!

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