Friday, December 20, 2019

a homeless God, without even a number


Alone in the Void. 
In this image, only three nearby stars can be seen (the ones with 'diffraction spikes'), every other object is a distant galaxy. The bright spiral galaxy at center, named MCG+01-02-015, because of its lonely location, is called a 'void galaxy'. 
ESA / Hubble & NASA and N. Gorin, STScI


The shadows fall.  The stars appear.  The birds begin,
     to sleep.
Night embraces the silent half of the earth.
A vagrant, a destitute wanderer with dusty feet, finds his
     way down a new road.
A homeless God, lost in the night, without papers,
     without identification,
without even a number, a frail expendable exile
lies down in desolation under the sweet stars of the world
and entrusts Himself to sleep.

-Thomas Merton,  "Hagia Sophia" IV Sunset, The Hour of Compline, Salve Regina, Collected Poems, p. 369

3 comments:

  1. 2Cents ________________

    What!
    kind of
    God
    would have
    an
    address *

    It
    would be
    a poor
    God
    if she lived
    in this town *

    You can visit
    a
    God
    with a address
    at any time *

    But

    A
    God
    with no address
    who could think
    such thing ???

    happyblessings __________________

    ReplyDelete
  2. you're right, bob, who could think such a thing.

    unfathomable, this God-thing.

    may your days be filled with peace and joy.

    ReplyDelete

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