SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Antipolo

“At This Precise Moment of History,” by Thomas Merton At this precise moment of historyWith Goody-two-shoes running for CongressWe are testing supersonic enginesTo keep God safe in the cherry tree.When I said so in this space last ThursdayI meant what I said: power struggles. You would never dream of such corn. The colonials insandalwood like running wide open and available forprotection. You can throw them away without a refund. Dr. Hanfstaengel who was not called Putzi except bythose who did not know him is taped in the nationalarchives. J. Edgar Hoover he ought to knowAnd does know. But calls Dr. Hanfstaengel Putzi … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Antipolo

SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Oropa

Aubade-Harlem by Thomas Merton Across the cages of the keyless aviaries,The lines and wires, the gallows of the broken kites,   Crucify, against the fearful light,The ragged dresses of the little children.Soon, in the sterile jungles of the waterpipes and ladders,   The bleeding sun, a bird of prey, will terrify the poor,   These will forget the unbelievable moon. But in the cells of whiter buildings,Where the glass dawn is brighter than the knives of surgeons,   Paler than alcohol or ether, shinier than money,The white men’s wives, like Pilate’s,Cry in the peril of their frozen dreams: “Daylight has driven iron spikes,Into the flesh of Jesus’ hands … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Oropa

SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Tindari

Proverbs by Thomas Merton 1. I will tell you what you can do ask me if you do not understand what I just said 2. One thing you can do be a manufacturer make appliances 3. Be a Man-u-fac-tu-rer 4. Make appliances sell them for a high price 5. I will tell you about industry make appliances 6. Make appliances that move 7. Ask me if you do not understand what is move 8. First get the facts 9. Where to apply? Ask industry 10. Do not expect to get by without Mr. and Mrs. Consumer 11. Man-u-fic-tion 12. I am … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Tindari

Christ, Our Mother: The Good Shepherd

Christ, Our Mother: The Good Shepherd ©2017 Alfred Eaker The Sowing of Meanings (Thomas Merton) See the high birds! Is their’s the song That dies among the wood-light Wounding the listener with such bright arrows? Or do they play in wheeling silences Defining in the perfect sky The bounds of (here below) our solitude, Where spring has generated lights of green To glow in clouds upon the sombre branches? Ponds full of sky and stillnesses What heavy summer songs still sleep Under the tawny rushes at your brim More than a season will be born here, nature, In your world … Continue reading Christ, Our Mother: The Good Shepherd