Friday, December 05, 2014

Poetry Friday: Merton's Advent

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I think I have shared this poem every Advent for the past few years, but it's so lovely I can never resist it. 

by Thomas Merton 

Charm with your stainlessness these winter nights, 
Skies, and be perfect! Fly, vivider in the fiery dark, you quiet meteors, 
And disappear. 
You moon, be slow to go down, 
This is your full!

The four white roads make off in silence 
Towards the four parts of the starry universe. 
Time falls like manna at the corners of the wintry earth. 
We have become more humble than the rocks, 
More wakeful than the patient hills.

(Read the whole poem here.) 

More of Merton's Marian Poetry can be found here, at the University of Dayton. Their page on Mary is here


The Poetry Friday round up is at Booktalking


jama said...

Exquisite words, Karen. Beautiful, lyrical reverence. "Time falls like manna at the corners of the wintry earth." *Swoon*

Karen Edmisten said...

That line makes me swoon, too, Jama. :)

Tabatha said...

Oh to be more humble than the rocks!

Anastasia Suen said...

"and be perfect!" Love this line. Thanks for sharing!

Mary Lee said...

Perfect timing -- full moon tonight. My favorite is "Oh white full moon as quiet as Bethlehem!"

Karen Edmisten said...

More of my favorite lines, Tabatha, Anastasia, and Mary Lee. :)