A Monks Picture

Fence posts frame,
sturdy, strong
A gateway
to a world beyond.
Sprawling grassland,
broken by curtain of trees,
peeled back
to glimpse a city.
Water tower
grasps for heaven,
reaching to the heights.

First glance,
a simple image
yet somehow, more.
The monastic soul
Stable rule
guides chaotic soul
to heavenly realms,
to freedom…

(Written: 14.I.17)
Esther De Vaal lead a reflective day on Thomas Merton and brought some of his photographs with her. The image at the top of this post was the one I was given to reflect upon and write about. Holding one of his pictures in my hands was incredibly moving, and while I had to return it, this is what it left with me. 


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