1 Samuel 1

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Hannah couldn’t eat
because she’d swallowed a lie
that bloated her womb
to near fatal distension.

“I am the fruit I bear”
she insisted and resisted
with teargas and clubs
the obvious protest
of trunk, roots and branches.

Thank God for Elkanah,
Hannah’s man of love
who conquers doubt with questions.
“Am I not worth more to you than ten sons?”
Thank God for men of love.
Let us each internalize at least one
as a tender organ
to regulate the womb
when this grows dangerously distended.

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.

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