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Beginning of Love

Based upon a quote by Thomas Merton

The beginning of love
Is the will to see
To let those we love
Be themselves perfectly

The resolution
For us not to twist
To fit our own image
Let their being exist

If in loving them
We do not love who they be
But only potential
Of their likeness to me

Then we do not love them
But we love only
That of ourselves
Of reflection to see

Merton’s Keep Me in This Silence

Dear Father, I beg you
To let you keep me
In this sweet silence
A learning to be

Your word of peace
Your word of mercy
Your gentleness
To the world through me

That Your word of peace
May make itself heard
Where not possible
A long time not occurred

For the light itself
Contentment and Spirit
That these be enough
In You, let us share it

Merton’s, For the Time Being

To speak your name, “Father”
As “Son”, just to be
In the Spirit and Light
Of this simple beauty

To be here in silence
Of Sonship in my heart
Is to be a center
Right here, is my part

Of full awareness
In which all in my view
Converge upon
Our being in You

That is surely enough
In this moment of seeing
All Presence in You
For the time being

Merton’s, You Ask of Me

Here, You ask of me
Nothing to pretend
Just to be content
As Child and Your Friend

Which just simply means
Accept friendship as one
Friendship and Fatherhood
Because I am Your son

Find in this friendship
A binding that is true
One of both Son-ship
And that of Spirit too

You have called me here
To be repeatedly
Born within the Spirit
And as your son to be

Born in light and knowledge
In faith and in unknowing
In poverty and praise
In gratitude, heart showing

Merton’s, And Yet I am “Here”

You’ve made us together
You have made us one
One and the many
In binding of Son

You have placed me here
A witness in the midst
As awareness and joy
In this moment exist

Here I am, in me
The world is present, true
Soul can clearly see
You are present too

Connected, I’m a link
Binding this insight
One within the chain
Of presence and of light

For you have made me
A center of some kind
But of this center
That of nowhere find

And still, yet I am “here”
“Here”, now let us say
Right under these trees
Not others here this day

Merton’s, One Silence

Here today, dear Father
This blue-sky lauds You
Green and orange flowers
Of poplar, praise You too

Blue hills in the distant
Join with praise, ignite
With sweet-smelling air
Full of brilliant light

Bickering flycatchers
Praise with cattle lowing
Quails of whistle sweet
Together all are flowing

I too, Father praise you
With all, in alliance
Give voice to my own heart
And to my own silence

We are all one silence
And in this moment, see
A beauty of uniqueness
Voice of diversity