POETRY: The Night Of Destiny by Thomas Merton

The Night Of Destiny by Thomas Merton

In my ending is my meaning
Says the season.

No clock:
Only the 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.

The red and sable letters
On a solemn page
Fill the small circle of seeing.

Long dark—
And the weak life
Of oil.

Who holds the homeless light secure
In the deep heart’s room?

Midnight!
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
Found.

In my ending is my meaning.

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