Friday, December 16, 2016

Poetry Friday: Thomas Merton's Advent

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I think I've 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.) 


Today's round up, hosted by Tabatha Yeatts, is at The Opposite of Indifference.


Joseph said...

For the past 83 Advents of my life their is still much to be learned and thankful for. Thank you Karen for all you posts and may the Lord shower His blessings on you and your family.

Mary Lee said...

We had that very moon this week. Gorgeous.

jama said...

Gorgeous poem, marvel in the divine. Have a beautiful holiday!

Carol said...

The moon- huge and gorgeous this week. This poem makes me think about the wise men, walking toward Bethlehem…

Linda B said...

I'm glad you shared, and share again and again. It's beautiful, Karen, especially with our full moon this week. Have a wonderful holiday!

Brenda at FriendlyFairyTales said...

Our traditions require and celebrate repetition. How lovely that you come back to this each year.