Sunday, November 8, 2020

a song for nobody

A yellow flower
(Light and spirit)
Sings by itself
For nobody.

A golden spirit
(Light and emptiness)
Sings without a word
By itself.

Let no one touch this gentle sun
In whose dark eye
Someone is awake.

(No light, no gold, no name, no color
And no thought:
O, wide awake!)

A golden heaven
Sings by itself
A song to nobody.

~ Thomas Merton
from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton


atloveisaplace said...

lovely. these are both just lovely. thank you.

Dean Keller said...

yes, "who would dare to go nameless?", to be "a song to nobody."

he lays the beauty in front of us and lets it speak its own challenge.

thanks for the comment.