Vocabulary

by R.S. Thomas

Ruminations, illuminations!
Vocabulary, sing for me
in your cage of time,
restless on the bone’s perch.

You are dust: then a bird
with new feathers, but always
beating at the mind’s bars.
A new Noah, I despatch

you to alight awhile
on steel branches: then call
you home, looking for the metallic
gleam of a new poem in your bill.
Vocabulary

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