I only have time for eternity………Thomas Merton
Praises and canticles anticipate each day the singing bells that wake the sun.
Open the secret eye of faith, and drink and drink these invisible deeps of invisible light.
When psalms surprise me with their music And antiphons turn to rum The Spirit sings: the bottom drops out of my soul.
And from the center of my cellar, Love, louder than thunder Opens a heaven of naked air.
New eyes awaken. I send Love’s name into the world with wings And songs grow up around me like a jungle.
Choirs of all creatures sing the tunes Your Spirit played in Eden. Zebras and antelopes and birds of paradise Shine on the face of the abyss And I am drunk with the great wilderness Of the sixth day in Genesis.
From: The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton
I go for months at a time without reading the words of Thomas Merton and then when I do, they reward me all over again with fresh wonder and power. Every now and again, a writer has the power to leave you breathless with their fierce beauty. Thomas Merton does that for me. Every time.
In the half-light of dawn this morning in prayer, once again he swept me away to eternity with his words. I thought of him then, in Heaven, gazing around with wonder……a spool of endless time and nothing to do but give God praise for all he sees.
I go for months at a time without reading his words and then when I do, they reward me all over again with fresh wonder and power.