Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thomas Merton on becoming the poet that you were meant to become (note to self)

Many poets are not poets 
for the same reason that 
many religious men are not saints: 
they never succeed in being themselves. 
They never get around to being the particular poet 
or the particular monk they are intended to be by God. 
They never become the man or the artist who is called 
for by all the circumstances of their individual lives. 

They waste their years in vain efforts 
to be some other poet, some other saint...

They wear out their minds and bodies in a hopeless endeavor 
to have somebody else's experiences or write somebody else's poems.

There is intense egoism in following everybody else. 
People are in a hurry to magnify themselves 
by imitating what is popular--
too lazy to think of anything better.

~ Thomas Merton