The Humble Man Prays

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Sunlight through Dirty Window

“A man who is truly humble cannot despair, because in the humble manthere is no longer any such thing as self-pity.” Thomas Merton

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I am like this window
streaked with rain,
obscured by
blowing dust,
neglected
yet holding firm
against the wind.

I know
that some fine, clear day
you’ll open
the door,
wipe my sins away
and clean at last
I’ll dissolve
into your face.

(10 Nov 2012)

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One thought on “The Humble Man Prays

  1. This is an incredibly good poem, as usual, Steven–and I was unfamiliar with that Thomas Merton quote. It’s very interesting to me, as I hadn’t connected self-pity and pride–but I’m seeing it now, so thank you very much. God bless you Big.

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