Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere


“The gate of heaven is everywhere.” Thomas Merton

I can hear your soft breath,
gentle strains of music

the easy breeze
nudges the curtains

and peace flows
across my skin
like cool water.

But soon impatient dusk
will overtake bright day

when the sun dims
in the dark grip
of eclipse, and ancient
terror thrills even
the most
comprehending mind;

for this is when
metaphore
overtakes fact,

and unknown stars glint
in the afternoon sky.

We never knew
they were hanging so low,

diamonds in deep
caverns,

new light!

(27 Nov 2012: 21 Aug 2017)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Continuum

Photo: Brian Federle, Salton Sea, Dec. 2016

My breath rises
to the edge of space
and pauses
at the nexus of perfection,

then falls,
driven by waves of fire, 
by strong hands guided 
through dust and rain, 
through ice, through
the shining
vortex

to my upturned face
where a single drop dies
and fills me with
the storm's desire.

(Posted 2012.  Revision 8/2017)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Light, directly infused


Photo Brian Federle, Sunset at Carlsbad, Jan. 2016


“Faith reaches the intellect not through the senses
 but in a light directly infused by God.” Thomas Merton

Rising from the sea
 death’s veil
overwhelms me.

Brief day fails,
fills the sky
with starry sails

wandering planets,
moonbeams
cold and bright –

holy spirit
of faithful night.

(2012: 2017)