A Benediction for St. Patrick
Let those who have never known hunger
Set down their forks.
Let those who have never known cruelty
Go as a stranger, alone, to a far place
Where they speak a different tongue.
Let those who have never known pain
Don boot and gloves, take up their shovels
And dig from the break of dawn
Until well past dark.
Let those who have not suffered a loved one’s death
Choose which one they might do without.
As for the rest of us- let us lower
Our pointing finger,
Our angry voice,
Our stingy defenses
And instead, join all peoples
Of every continent
In lifting up our prayers
For more mercy
For greater hospitality
For an abundance of generosity
And especially, for peace,
Until there are none who are hungry
None who cower in fear before their oppressors
Until there is a balm in Gilead.
And let us all-
No matter the color of our scarf-
No matter our creed-
Say loud Amen.
George R Pasley
March 11, 2020