There is a story associated with St Anthony, probably in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, that a visitor was scandalized to see St Anthony ‘playing’ with his disciples: relaxing and engaging in repartee. St Anthony replied that the bow that is continually tensed will break.
Here is the fruit of our relaxation:
The day is full of sun.
I ate a pomegranate and a persimmon.
At night, the full moon.
The fleeting beauty of the owl’s cry pierces my heart.
Later, we will discuss gluttony.