‘The Bright Field’ by R.S. Thomas

Bright_FieldI 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 realise 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.

A very early reminder that we’ll be discussing the poetry of R.S. Thomas on Thursday, September 24. The session will be led by Susan Koppersmith, but please bring your own favourite Thomas poem, and post it ahead of time on the blog via the “Comments” link or the “Contact Us” page.

More links of interest about R.S. Thomas:
The enduring wisdom of a strange Welsh bard
Uncollected Poems: By R.S. Thomas Edited by Jason Walford Davies and Tony Brown
Best Famous R S Thomas Poems
R.S. Thomas: Poet of the Cross

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