“Rain and the Rhinoceros” – Thomas Merton

What a thing it is
to sit absolutely alone
in the forest at night
cherished by this wonderful
perfectly innocent speech
the most comforting speech in the world
the talk that the rain makes by itself all over the ridges
and the talk of the watercourses everywhere in the hollows!
Nobody started it
nobody is going to stop it.
It will talk as long as it wants, this rain.
As long as it talks
I am going to listen.