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The Despairing Man Draws a Serpent

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I went up the hill   
At moonrise.

She swore that she would come   
By the south way.

A dusky hawk   
Caught up the path   
In his talons.

Thomas Merton, “The Despairing Man Draws a Serpent” from Emblems of a Season of Fury. New York: New Directions, 1963. Copyright 1977 by The Trustees of the Merton Legacy Trust. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.
Source: The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton (1977)
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