Earth and Sky by Brian McClorry, SJ
By Brian McClorry, SJ ©
...we made the mistake of toppling the Dictator without religious reforms... we needed to touch both earth and sky.
Touch matters, that hands-on thing,
a rare tactility - though it's hard
to hold earth and sky both at once,
with no lyric in the eye.
No one deed will do, but the sea's
poise may hold until a landfall
tests our legs on soft and sloping sand,
bodies fingered raw by blue space -
for the oceans are what they are
through earth and sky, a Christ-like
grasp of both at once, born here,
where we are, at this time of the year.
[The quotation from the Algerian writer and novelist, Kamel Daoud, comes from an interview with Bryan Appleyard in The Sunday Times of 5th July 2015]