The Despairing Man Draws a Serpent

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.

By Thomas Merton, from The Way of Chuang Tzu copyright ©1977 by The Abbey Gethsemani, Inc.  Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.
Source: The Way of Chuang Tzu (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1965)
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