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If you seek a heavenly light
I, solitude, am your professor! 
I go before you into emptiness,
Raise strange suns for your new mornings,
Opening the windows
Of your innermost apartment. 
When I, loneliness, give my special signal
Follow my silence, follow where I beckon!
Fear not, little beast, little spirit
(Thou word and animal)
I, Solitude, am angel
And have prayed in your name. 
Look at the empty, wealthy night
The pilgrim moon!
I am the appointed hour,
The ‘now’ that cuts
Time like a blade. 
I am the unexpected flash
Beyond ‘yes’, beyond ‘no’,
The forerunner of the Word of God.
Follow my ways and I will lead you
To golden-haired suns,
Logos and music, blameless joys,
Innocent of questions
And beyond answers:
For I, solitude, am thine own self:
I, Nothingness, am thy All.
I, silence, am thy Amen! 


If You Seek a Heavenly Light
Thomas Merton
 

 

 

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