Friday, 29 March 2013

R S Thomas Centenary

The great R S Thomas is 13 years dead and 100 years alive today.  Here is the text of his poem, 'The Bright Field', with an illustration by the also great Dru Marland.

The Bright Field

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

R S Thomas

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