Thursday, September 30, 2010

"We can never be with loss too long"

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 ...

From "At Thomas Merton's Grave" by Spencer Reece

(A profile of Spencer Reece can be found here.)

Haystacks, Autumn, Jean-Fran├žois Millet, 1873


Anonymous said...

Perfect pairing of painting and poem.

Alyssa said...

Thank you for this, and for the Nocturnes review, below. I have an untried sample that I will now be brave enough to sniff.