Sunday, 18 June 2017

Merton's Koan

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Howling poet released
By love's solitary demand.
It's the end of the beginning
For the unemployed samurai
Who got fired and retired
His dissatisfied pen.

Love's final body 
Sliced away, leaving
Behind the echo
Of God's laughter.
Moon and Zen.
Together again. 

The great matter
Does not matter.
Never mind it
By showing me,
Through the way
You sit and talk:

     Why did Merton die
     In Bangkok?

Christopher Meatyard. Photographing Thomas Merton. 2014