Sunday, November 21, 2010

emptiness and freedom

What can I say about the emptiness and freedom 
into whose door I entered for that half-minute, 
which was enough for a lifetime, 
because it was a new life altogether?  
There is nothing with which to compare it.  
I could call it nothingness, 
but it is an infinitely fruitful freedom, 
to lack all things and to lack my self 
in the fresh air of that happiness 
that seems to be above all modes of being.  
Don't let me build any more walls around it, or I will shut myself out.
~ Thomas Merton
from Dialogues with Silence
sketch by the author