Thomas Merton 1915 – 1968
Trappist Monk, Author; Poet, Spiritual Leader
Portairt by David Mah
Many poets are not poets for the same reason that many religious men are not saints: they never succeed in being themselves……..They waste their years in vain efforts to be some other poet, or some other saint. ….They wear out their minds and bodies in a hopeless endeavor to have somebody else’s experiences or write somebody else’s poem or possess somebody else’s spirituality.
Thomas Merton – New Seeds of Contemplation (Chapter Integrity)
Who are we then to fear – rejection or crictism of words which are written. Reflecting, imitating other than our own soul is as gazing into a photo of another – believing it is a mirror image of ourselves.
I have been told – you should save your words – you should publish – like any other writer publication is always sought but only as an afterthought to having words read. To bundle up poems and thoughts for a day only imagined would be like deeds of good purpose left undone. Words like Actions have a life of their own – to not express them is not to live to Ones Potential – to Ones Purpose. bkm