Via Crucis

R. S. Thomas

Via CrucisIt is a perpetual

coming-to from the dream’s

anaesthetic to be brought

face to face with reality’s

mural, where through gaps

in the traffic we perceive

nature mustering its forces

for a last stand. This

is time’s Appian way,

where the skulls of its victims

are ablaze still: a syphilitic

Schubert, a deranged

Van Gogh; Bruno, and Pascal

crackling at the mind’s

stake, and high above

all on mankind’s tree

the would-be redeemer shrivelling

under his radioactive halo.
Listen to Via Crucis by Franz Liszt (1879)
Piano version played by Reinbert de Leeuw


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