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Volume 50.3
Autumn
2019

 

haiku sequence

 

           MONK

in the chapel
on Merton’s birthday
all the candles lit

ink-stained, coffee-stained,
cheese-stained, and beer-stained
my photo of Merton

not a single Merton book
inside the cabin
winter solitude

the trail begins
Merton entered the monastery
the year that i was born

nothing whatsoever
happening at the pond
Merton could write about it

the
patriarch
tree
struck
by
lightning
and
Merton’s
dead

sparrows
i get in line
Thomas Merton’s grave

i buy a watchcap
exactly like his
wear it home

Merton’s Hermes
my Hermes
the “i” key the same


vincent tripi

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