Posted: 08 December 2014

Advent: 'Let today be a day we join in with all the earth with a boogie of joy for God'

Today, Pádraig Ó Tuama shares a poem that finds beauty in the brokenness and purpose in the most mundane of everyday objects.

Let today be a day we join in with all the earth with a boogie of joy for God.  

Download an illustrated version of the poem in the style of this can.  Illustration of hands cupping water

A poem by Pádraig Ó Tuama


All along the pathway
and up every alley
whistle this tune for the city

because every plastic bottle will be 
filled up

and every crushed can can 
be straightened out

every receptacle 
filled to the spout
with drink to quench every thirst

filled to bursting

and every alley cat
will meow

and every plastic bag
filled with mud and rain and pebbles

will be drum, a kite,
a dance on the wind of delight

and every shard of broken glass
a little artpiece of the light

and all the dogpoo
will be gathered into earthfood 
for the plants

and all the worms will wiggle
with tickled glory

and all the earth 
will boogie
with the joy 
of God.

Illustrations designed by Padraig



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