Pocket Bible

“The Bible is the beginning, the source. But every beginning is also in us, thus you carry in yourself your own Bible, your own Book of Koheleth [Ecclesiastes], and your own Apocalypse.”
Anna Kamienska in Astonishments

What a fortunate frame of reference
with its beginning, middle and end

from creation through growth
and years of work until the last day

a day of revelation of what it all meant––
the purpose in living and now in dying

unless some unforeseen event
has cut the ribbon of life short

as with Thomas Merton shorting out
in an electrical moment. Snap!

But no, let’s go for the fan unplugged
for the lights turned safely on

when we see clearly that we were
called, and to what and why and

how to fill the remaining pages of your
life’s book with text and illustration

of what you have seen and what you
have tasted. Tell it all. Share the wealth

waiting to be written and drawn.

Merton and Fire [in Holy Week]

A divine informant came to Merton
when he was still a young man
with the promise, I will give you what
you desire; I will lead you into solitude.

Everything that touches you
shall burn you, and you will draw
your hand away in pain until
you have withdrawn yourself

from all things. Then you will be all
alone … that you may become
the brother of God and learn to know
the Christ of the burnt men.