faith and humility

“What is the connection between Faith and Humility-for here they are linked very close, in so close a union they are actually identified? You can not believe because you seek glory from one another.”-Thomas Merton

note: Books I’m reading: Entering the Silence, The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume Two & The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard. And a new book: Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland.

I finished reading: The Archivist by Martha Cooley and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Both are enjoyable readings.

the last question

“Pain demands to be felt”, you say.

Can profound thoughts be experienced?


I can’t sleep 

without listening to Beethoven

one of my habits.


I cry over fictional characters

I can find solace in books.


I can think of hundred things 

we can share

grief is one.


I have eternal questions

that haunt me

but I don’t necessarily

have to know the answers.

Like Sisyphus I’m content

to push the rock to the summit 

and repeat the process 

after the rock falls down again.


But then I think for a moment

what if the” last good kiss I had 

was years ago?”


note: I’m currently reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The lines “pain demands to be felt” and “last good kiss” are taken from The Fault In Our Stars.


Books I finished reading: Tinkers by Paul Harding and Levels of Life by Julian Barnes. One of the essays Barnes wrote is on Grief, its phases and faces.