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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