Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Merton’

A bug climbs on a stalk of grain near Kumanovo

There is not a flower that opens,

not a seed that falls into the ground,

and not an ear of wheat

that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind

that does not preach and proclaim

the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world.

~Thomas Merton~

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My life is mirrored in

A morning glory

Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks
and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death

Such a short and simple little poem, yet when I read it, I gasped at how strikingly it landed in my heart.

One would hope that we don’t have to be on the verge of death to really “get” this at our deepest level.  I’ll include another poem today that I wrote awhile back, inspired by the words of Thomas Merton.

“This day will not come again.” ~ Thomas Merton

First blush of morning erupts
Songbirds usher in fresh beginnings

* * *

This day shall not come again

* * *

Summer afternoon arrives on the tuft of a breeze
Expectant sunflowers bow their ample heads

* * *

This day shall not come again

* * *

Evening huddles in city streets and forests
Day surrenders to the gentle hush of another night

* * *

This, too, shall not come again


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