Day 33 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 33

O little forests, meekly
Touch the snow with low branches!
O covered stones
Hide the house of growth!

Vegetal words,
Unlettered water,
Daily zero.

Pray undistracted
Curled tree
Carved in steel! —
Buried zenith!

Fire, turn inward
To your weak fort,
To a burly infant spot,
A house of nothing.

O peace, bless this mad place:
Silence, love this growth.

O silence, golden zero
Unsetting sun

Love winter when the plant says nothing.


— Thomas Merton in Dialogues with Silence


Today: Consider the things you love about your life. Write God a poem about them.

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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