Sunday, January 15, 2012

Thought for the Day

. . . The rain I am in is not like the rain of the cities.
It fills the woods with an immense and confused
sound. It covers the flat roof of the cabin and porch
with insistent and controlled rhythms. And I listen,
because it reminds me again and again that
the whole world runs by rhythms I have not yet learned to
recognize, rhythms that are not those of the engineer. . . .
~Thomas Merton*
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* Quoted from "Rain and the Rhinoceros" in Raids on The Unspeakable (New Directions, 1966)

Thomas Merton (1915-1968),  Life and Works

Also see Thought for the Day, December 5, 2010.

4 comments:

S. Etole said...

"Can't I just be in the woods with no special reason?"

This book will be on my list!

Louise Gallagher said...

it will be on my list too!

Thanks Maureen.

nance marie said...

i hope it's not disco...

Sam Hayes said...

Beautifully written by a contemporary western "zen master."