September: Hay Fever, Hogwash and Goldenrod



Goldenrod is not ragweed;

it doesn’t make you sneeze,

it doesn’t kick you in the sinuses


victim of vicious smear campaigns,

goldenrod is simply late summer sunshine

incarnate, innocent

splendid, green-handled torches

lighting the way for wing-weary

bees dim-eyed from long days’ work.

If you are allergic to beauty,

you have a problem

beyond the range of antihistamines.


So don’t project your prickly grief

over the shutting down of August

onto the burnished gold

of sunset fields aging into autumn.

Don’t blame or shame

but sit a moment in September

by  a roadside or a meadow

and get to know your dark blonde


so magnificent and maligned


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.

  • Roy Frank Obrigewitsch
    Posted at 01:44h, 04 September Reply

    I apologize dear Goldenrod
    beautiful haven for bees
    that my nose, sinuses, and lungs
    have lied to me these many years.

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 08:18h, 04 September Reply

    Thank you Greg! And Frank!

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