In a Time of Tremendous Change

for the Feast of St Ignatius


A shard of metal flies

sharper than a knife:

how will a cannonball

re-create his life?


Following the Moor,

his mule turns its head:

why does it take

the narrow road instead?


A Spanish sword left

before the Black Madonna:

how can sackcloth

become his new honour?


He watches the river

flowing into night:

when do his eyes open

to the source of light?


Valerie Gillies;
Epiphany Group member

Used with kind permission – commissioned for the Ignatian Year