Covid Prophet

Source: pronolanews/com
It was obvious
(but not to us)
the age was bust
nothing but just
a heap of clothes
worn maybe once
then left outside
the Donations door
at Value Village.

Then along comes a prince
(of sorts)
with a sickly crown
royally to smack us down.
We’re all in the doghouse now
because the Godhouse
and the shopping mall are bound
shut like a bad wound
in the days before
medical supply shortages.

This prophet
tells us to rough it
in our apartments
alone for a while.
Pity the children
with nowhere to run
and with grandparents
in the belly of the fish.
This prophet
tells it as it is;
hard hope to hold on to
with hands cracked
by constant washing
and trained to keep off
objects touched by others.
Hard hope but worth it
because this prophet
does not lie—
“Believe it”, he cries.
“A kingdom is standing by
just waiting for us to try."

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.

  • John McManus
    Posted at 06:31h, 30 June Reply

    this is a good one! thank you Greg! I hope we learn

  • Peter Bisson SJ
    Posted at 09:23h, 30 June Reply

    Thank you Greg!

  • Michelle Mahoney
    Posted at 12:16h, 30 June Reply

    As always …well written, insightful, challenging and relevant! Thank you!

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