His Secret


“There must be a time of day when the man who has to speak falls very silent. And his mind forms no more propositions, and he asks himself: Did they have a meaning?”Thomas Merton

The pain cuts me
Like an edge of ice
Cutting brightly
Into thickening

We walked slowly
To his grave.
The grass was wet
With winter’s dew
Newly melted In
the warming sun.

I saw it,
The newly turned soil,
A few rocks
Glittering joyfully
After a million years In
underground darkness,
Raised at last,
Bare and sparkling
In the black earth.

Stillness in the field,
The wind intimating
His newfound secret.


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