Summer 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 3 Poetry |

Father and Son at Saint Benoit

After the vespers, when the monks sat scattered throughout the great basilica, head lowered, no matter what, how far afield their thoughts, indrawn, each sunk into himself, into silence, into and toward the depth that has no chart, no measure, the innermost reach where sound begins that is the heart's sole property, pure chords of the celestial harmony that alone can stir the reverent, attentive individual, for there is the assurance there, the reality to which these men have consecrated their lives. Having surely absorbed as hymnal praise the slender gracefulness, the upward soaring columns, arches in whose midst they now sat, they were, indrawn, in their black cowls, like blackbirds on lawns, on branches, asleep perhaps, at any rate, whatever their purpose, in that pose resting, at rest until some impulse, some hidden stirrings make them move their wings. In this silence, pervasive then as water in a sea, as love can be when neared attentively, in a manner appropriate to it, a

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