I just finished Thomas Merton’s autobiography “The Seven Storey Mountain,” written in 1943, I believe.

It was quite a literary journey, but what touched me most was his description of his brother being shot down in WWII while returning to England after a bombing mission along with the poem that Merton wrote when finding out the news.  Merton was just beginning his life as a monk in a Trappist Monastery.

The link will take you to a Goodread copy and paste of the short section. Formatting is a little odd, but you’ll see the poem about in the middle of the section.


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