Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mercy and Love

In order to know and love God as He is, we must have God dwelling in us in a new way, not only in His creative power but in His mercy.  Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation.

Nothing I could do
would ever be enough
to make the dead-wood
live.  Though the wind
and rain sever bright leaves,
tender blossoms from
the cherry tree, and the
birds themselves fly
from my anger,

I know
I could never
make it right,

though with tears I flood,
nourish them with a
broken heart’s blood

I am powerless.

Yet still these bruised stems,
thicken and split
to bud, spill green life,
fill the earth
with mercy
and love.

(8 April 2012)


  1. I love the whole thing, especially the note of life-affirming hope that nature continues to nurture life, in spite of all. Beautiful, kiddo.


  2. i like the very bright last stanza.......

  3. Love it. Through the harshness of despair, hope stretches forth its stems.