Free at Last

Free at Last

A poem on Renunciation by a Monk of New Clairvaux

The Relentless Tock

"Tick-Tock", says the Clock,

"Go and Do what you Ought!"

Stop! A new thought:

Is this the Gospel I was taught?

Is this what God has wrought?

To be a slave to the relentless tock?

I cast down the idol of the Clock!

God Alone be my peace, portion and my lot!

--A monk of New Clairvaux