Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Daily Prayer: Monday Dark


In my ending is my meaning
says the season.
No clock: only heart's blood
Only the word.

O lamp
weak friend
in the knowing night!

O tongue of flame
Under the heart
Speak softly:
For love is black
says the season.

Kissed with flame!
See! See!
My love is darkness!

Only in the Void
are all ways one:

Only in the night
are all the lost

In my ending is my meaning.


Be still
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
to speak your

to the living walls.
Who are you?
are you? Whose
silence are you?

Who (be quiet)
are you (as these stones
are quiet). Do not
think of what you are
still less of
what you may one day be.
be what you are (but who?) be
The unthinkable one
You do not know.

O be still, while
you are still alive,
and all things live around you
speaking (I do not hear)
To your own being,
Speaking by the unknown
That is in you and in themselves.

"I will try, like them
To be my own silence:
and this is difficult. The whole
World is secretly on fire. The stones
burn, even the stones
they burn me. How can a man be still or
listen to all things burning? How can he dare
to sit with them when
all their silence
is on fire?"

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