Hermits living discalced lives
Walk slowly and silently
Within the paths of their souls

Days spent in work
Prayer and
Are sometimes punctuated by the brisk waters of a cool stream
That seems to apologize for its haste

The hermit smiles
Bows and gives thanks for the stream’s inspiration
He closes his eyes
Opens his heart and
Travels with the water for a short time
As he dreams of peace

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.