A Reading From the Book of Exile, Chapter Three

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and he is inching towards glory
with only his own story on his back
he has patched up holes that opened
where his coverings were cracked
and some shoes were never meant for hiking so
he left them far behind
there are simple things he needs
on journeys such as these
food and love and drink and warmth and comfort
and a bag that’s small enough
to carry all the failures and the idols
that he’s picked up on the way

there are some days
he only moves
an inch or two

this is the pace of glory here in exile

Pádraig Ó Tuama




(with permission)