A Visit To See Fr. Louis

(Fr. Louis was Thomas Merton’s religious name)

I went to see you

and traveled far

some thirty-six years

and some hundred miles

hoping to receive


to stand beside

your resting grave

to contemplate your life

and curious end

Laying draped in holy jewelry

between two religious strangers

you had sunk into the earth

the weight of the world

you had always carried

and then some

So be it

you hillbilly who knows

where the secret still is hid

Deo Gratias for you

I finally found myself

a sainted smile

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