Contemplatio Conspiracy

Walk long enough on a bum leg
and you might get worse
or more likely you might get far
gimp notwithstanding.

What if all things do conspire
for your good?
What if the sky-wide cover-up
by Big Business, Big Tech, Big Reality
cut and pasted
to your screens is so convincing
that you’re left dying
of thirst holding coconuts
heavy with sweet water
and nothing but your front teeth
to negotiate the shells?

Is God so generous as all that
cosmic harmony singing you
to dreams of mystical hilarity
wherein every particle of life
laughs to tears together
at fun that pokes no pain
into souls as shy as trilliums?

Creation as coordination
of every single speck of something
into the wild success of the project:
impossibly hard to wrap your head around
so try another bit with more give,
perhaps your heart--
you can’t make towels
out of coconuts.

What if, indeed, you belong?
Always did?
Always will?
Then pound your hand grenades
into fireworks and holler
For nothing can separate you
from the gift of Earth
not even a weakened will to receive.

Just put the stick down
and stop seeing piñatas
in the darkness beneath the blindfold.
You’ll never smash your way
through to sweet.
If you dash the coconut
against the rock
you spill the precious water.

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 01:19h, 17 July Reply

    Thank you Greg!

  • Catherine von Zuben
    Posted at 10:52h, 17 July Reply

    Dear Greg. We who know and love you, are so aware of your many gifts – far too many to list. I wonder if for simple people like me, you ever considered adding a ‘translation’ to your poetry ? I am sure that this work is very meaningful but I have to admit that I don’t understand it. You certainly do belong; always did and always will! We are indeed blessed to know you – even those who don’t understand all your works of art. I so loved and understood your amazing webinars. Many thanks.

  • Anne Quinn Wallace
    Posted at 13:22h, 17 July Reply

    From Anne Quinn.
    Dear Greg,
    I love your prayer poetry just as it is . It speaks loudly of your deep appreciation and understanding of all of God’s creative world and our humble role as guardians. You speak out on behalf of our fellow creatures who have no voice but yours and mine and your cry demands deepening commitment and a need to evaluate and ponder our sense of oneness.
    Thank you for your many works and your service to humanity and our whole universe.
    Love and blessings, Anne

  • Elia Cuomo
    Posted at 00:26h, 18 July Reply

    I feel I understand some of it, enough to make a prayer of it and keep praying until I can make enough sense of it. And if not, it still sounds beautiful to me. Thank you so much for words that dance and sing and demand that I join in even if I don’t know the theme.

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