How kind time is.

thomas merton
At Thomas Merton’s Grave


We can never be with loss too long.
Behind the warped door that sticks,
the wood thrush calls to the monks,
pausing upon the stone crucifix,
singing: “I am marvelous alone!”
Thrash, thrash goes the hayfield:
rows of marrow and bone undone.
The horizon’s flashing fastens tight,
sealing the blue hills with vermilion.
Moss dyes a squirrel’s skull green.
The cemetery expands its borders—
little milky crosses grow like teeth.
How kind time is, altering space
so nothing stays wrong; and light,
more new light, always arrives.

Image from PBS

10 thoughts on “How kind time is.

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  2. Yes, Beautiful! I’m grateful to learn of this Clergy- Poet Spencer Reece too, Thanks!

    A fond little Merton story too…in addition to being reminded of The Seven Story Mountain and other Merton writings I have poured over…I had the great good fortune to attend Berea College in Kentucky. Only a few hours away was the Abbey of Gethsemane where Merton lived and wrote so much from, I was able to make a day trip, walk the grounds, and attend a chanted office. It was from Gethsemane where Merton began his Friendship with the Dalai Lama of Tibet. On one of his visits to see Thomas Merton at Gethsemane for some reason the Dalai Lama also visited Berea College–this was many years before I was student there.

    By the time I was a student at Berea in the mid-90s there was an exchange program established between the Dalai Lama and the College. There are more Tibetan National students studying at tiny little Berea College in Kentucky than any other college in the US…largely due to the friendship between Merton and the Dalai Lama. In my senior year the Dalai Lama came to Berea and spoke in a private audience to only we the student body, some few hundred young people. It was spine tingling as is His Laughter and Pure Joy.

    It gives me goosebumps to remember that…Thanks for the memory Seeker!

    • Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories, bp. It sure is an honour to be a presence on more enlightened beings. Mind you, we all are to a degree we use it. Isn’t the Seven Story Mountain an excellent autobiography? I did some seminars on Merton and it became fashionable than spiritual. So I dropped the meetings.

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