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Poetry and the Christian Life

  • Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
  • Time: 3:00pm4:00pm
  • Location:Zoom Online Meeting

Join us for an online poetry discussion on Tuesday, June 9, at 3 p.m. for the chosen poem At Thomas Merton’s Grave by Spencer Reece. Read it slowly, ponder it, reflect on it, and let it speak to you. Then join Ann Quinn for an online Zoom discussion.

At Thomas Merton’s Grave

By Spencer Reece

We can never be with loss too long.
Behind the warped door that sticks,
the wood thrush calls to the monks,
pausing upon the stone crucifix,
singing: “I am marvelous alone!”
Thrash, thrash goes the hayfield:
rows of marrow and bone undone.
The horizon’s flashing fastens tight,
sealing the blue hills with vermilion.
Moss dyes a squirrel’s skull green.
The cemetery expands its borders—
little milky crosses grow like teeth.
How kind time is, altering space
so nothing stays wrong; and light,
more new light, always arrives.

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