Notes from the Monastery

Day One

If thou hast scuffed thy dark boots or shoes from past labors, and it be morning and thou art traveling to meet other saints for worship, and thy departure time draws nigh, thou canst use hand lotion, just a dab, rubbing it into the leather to make thy scuffs scram.

If thou wantest to use root of ginger for thy daily tonic, thou shouldest much earlier have placed the whole root in a frozen place before easily grating it into thy drink. Thou didst, and thou hast.

If thou shouldest forget thy spoon, thou mayest forage for a piece of smooth bark from a tree that hath been provided for thy shade and the shade of others. The smooth bark may be useful for scooping thy hummus, and, since thou art full of care, thou canst also balance olives on the bark and roll them into thy mouth (thou mayest also do this while driving for thy work, or while on a train, but thou shalt tell no one).

If thou needest a toothpick and thou dost have none, thou mayest use a piece of parchment, or if thou art wealthy, a piece of paper, folded into a point. Or if thou hath skill and art still full of that care, thou mayest use such without the fold.

If thou art banished to a dessert island and it be granted that thou mayest take a length of rope, a dinner plate, or a looking glass, thou shouldest choose the dinner plate, because thy island hath two Ss, thus making it a delightful place.

And thou canst always find some smooth bark for thy spoon.

When thy quarters become filled with angry noise, thou mayest wish to be banished anywhere, even with only one S, but thou must deal with thy hand as thou hast been dealt, if only for a season. And thou wilt verily do it.

If thou wouldst pray, and wouldst seek solitude and quiet, thou mayest find refuge in a room of rest, and thou mayest count the sound of the flowing water as thy Amen (as thou art somewhat alone).

And thou always hath other moments on which to lean . . .

Thou shalt not use the photograph without the express permission of its owner, © 2018 Timothy Waugh

But upon further thought, thou hast permission to use it freely . . .







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