Paul Nicholas Mason

Battered Soles

A man begins a 10 kilometer trek down the Rotary Trail from Peterborough to Lakefield, Ontario, where St. John’s Anglican Church awaits. In the basement of the church is a blue-skinned, flute-playing statue of Jesus, sculpted by a young lesbian, now deceased, that is said to have healing powers.

Whether or not the statue can actually provide any healing is almost irrelevant. Especially in comparison to the transformation that the man undergoes on the journey itself.

Fellow travellers making the voyage include a family from Mumbai, a group of Japanese fishermen, a benevolent young Muslim, and Ernie, an escort service limo driver from Kitchener.

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