A book into which everything can go, by Thomas Merton


It is necessary
to write a book
in which there will be a little less
of the first person
singular, a little less
dramatizing, and fewer resolutions.

Or rather, it is not necessary
to write a book.

Or anything else.
One is free

to keep a notebook.

That is sufficient.
One may write
or not write.

Therefore one may write.

I have always wanted to write
about everything.
That does not mean
to write a book
that covers everything –
which would be impossible.

But a book
into which everything
can go.

A book with a little
of everything
that creates itself
out of everything.

That has its own life.
A faithful book.
I no longer look at it
as a “book.”

Thomas Merton, via the Calm Things blog, curated by Shawna Lemay

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