The monk’s journey

The monk’s journey by Liz Trew

The young monk
prodigal with sweetness
sits in a plane bound for a new country

sits between traders of gold diamonds and war
in his suitcase pictures of family
and village along Paradise Road

he sips passion juice
between gods of money
bowed over calculators and laptops

in the roar of the engine
his spirit lifts with the aircraft rising
the long grass bending by the runway

he flies with his heavenly father across rainforest
the great river and desert of his continent
his spirit rising on the road to the mountain top

bound for a language of silence in the monastery

he kneels in his cell
burns sacrifice and desire
surrendering to the glory of God

climbs his inner mountain
the young monk
prodigal with sweetness

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