Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese


a Silent Lamp


A poem by Gerald N. Alford in tribute to Thomas Merton


I am a lamp,
a silent lamp,
burning in the space and time
given as my life.

Not with steady flame I burn,
but under influences
good and bad,
I flicker.

But yet I burn,
and give some light.


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