The vicar general, shying away from ‘paganism’ hangs back
and sits under a tree reading the guidebook. 
I am able to approach the Buddhas barefoot and undisturbed, my feet in
wet grass, wet sand. – Thomas Merton describing his visit to the sleeping Budhas in the Asian Journal

My son comes walking to me, barefoot, 

across the wet summer

The morning light lays soft around him  

and in that moment I see how it

how every child is a contemplative, 

exposed in every way to the Now.  

“This is what you must become,” Jesus

and I see now how it has always been, God 

and his children, barefoot, the morning

cool and wet beneath their feet.


This post is linked with Unforced Rhythms.

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