Thursday, January 31, 2013


Today is the birthday of Trappist monk, social activist and poet Thomas Merton, born January 31, 1915.

All classic shapes have vanished
From alien heavens
Where there are no fabled beasts
No friendly histories
And passion has no heraldry.

I have nothing left to translate
Into the figures of night
Or the pale geometry
Of the fire-birds.
If I once had a wagon of lights to ride in
The axle is broken
The horses are shot.

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