Monday, November 19, 2007

Love louder than Thunder

When psalms surprise me with their music
And antiphons turn to rum
The Spirit sings;
the bottom drops out of my soul.

And from the center of my cellar,
louder than thunder
Opens a heaven of naked air.

New eyes awaken.

I send Love's name into the world with wings
And songs grow up around me like a jungle.
Choirs of all creatures sing the tunes
Your Spirit played in Eden.

Thomas Merton. [Selection from] "Psalm" in The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton. New York: New Directions Publishing Co., 1977: 220-221.