Listen to the Stones of the Wall

Listen to the Stones of the Wall

September 2nd, 2012 (No Comments)

A meditation with Thomas Merton:

Be still.

Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
to speak your name.

to the living walls.

Who are you?
are you? Whose
silence are you?

Who (be quiet)
are you (as these stones
are quiet). Do not think of what you are 

still less of what you may one day be.

Rather be what you are (but who?)
be the unthinkable one
you do not know.

O be still, while
you are still alive,
and all things live around you

speaking (I do not hear)
to your own being,
speaking by the unknown
that is in you and in themselves.

“I will try, like them
to be my own silence:
and this is difficult. The whole
world is secretly on fire. The stones
burn, even the stones they burn me.
How can a man be still or
listen to all things burning?
How can he dare to sit with them
when all their silence is on fire?”

from The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton

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