Ashes – Ash Wednesday 2022


ashes on heads
on ashes of thoughts
on beds of ashes
asleep, asleep
how did we happen?
to burn
to ashes
our love for God
or God’s love for us?

wait, don’t say it.
the fire dies
the rain makes mud
of our burning love
now ashes.

sin is ashen
a decided grey
but worse the decision
to kill our wildest fires.


The musical rendition of the poem is here: :

Greg Kennedy, SJ works as a spiritual director at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario. He is author of Reupholstered Psalms volumes I, II, and III; and Amazing Friendships between Animals and Saints (Novalis Press).

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 10:59h, 03 March Reply

    Thank you Greg!

  • Robert Czerny
    Posted at 12:33h, 03 March Reply

    A bit of ash can appear inconsequential, but when I remove ashes from our woodstove, I am surprised at how heavy they are.

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