when psalms surprise me with their music
and antiphons turn to rum
the spirit sings; the bottom drops out of my soul.
and from the center of my cellar, love,
louder than thunder
opens a heaven of naked air.
new eyes awaken.
i send love's name into the world with wings
and songs grow up around me like a jungle.
choirs of all creatures sing the tunes
your spirit played in Eden..
- Thomas Merton (Maria Lodewicus)