I lie in the lean hours awake listening to the swell born somewhere in the Atlantic rising and falling, rising and falling wave on wave on the long shore by the village that is without light and companionless. And the thought comes of that other being who is awake, too, letting our prayers break on him, not like this for a few hours, but for days, years, for eternity .
"The Other" in The Echoes Return Slow (1988)
Imaginative truth is the most immediate way of presenting ultimate reality to a human being ... ultimate reality is what we call God .R. S. Thomas
On seeing his shadow fall on such ancient rocks, he had to question himself in a different context and ask the same old question as before, "Who am I?", and the answer now came more emphatically than ever before, "No-one." But a no-one with a crown of light about his head. He would remember a verse from Pindar : "Man is a dream about a shadow. But when some splendour falls upon him from God , a glory comes to him and his life is sweet."R. S. Thomas
You have to imagine a waiting that is not impatient because it is timeless .R. S. Thomas
Let despair be known as my ebb-tide; but let prayer have its springs, too, brimming, disarming him; discovering somewhere among his fissures deposits of mercy where trust may take root and grow .R. S. Thomas
I'm obviously not orthodox, I don't know how many real poets have ever been orthodox.R. S. Thomas
Was he balked by silence ? He kneeled long, And saw love in a dark crown Of thorns blazing, and a winter tree Golden with fruit of a man's body.R. S. Thomas
I am like a tree , From my top boughs I can see The footprints that led up to me .R. S. Thomas
I have nowhere to go. The swift satellites show The clock of my whole being is slow.R. S. Thomas
There was a larger pattern we worked at: they on a big loom, I with a small needle.R. S. Thomas
It was not I who lived, but life rather that lived me.R. S. Thomas
Art is recuperation from time. I lie back convalescing upon the prospect of a harvest already at hand.R. S. Thomas
I turn now not to the Bible but to Wallace StevensR. S. Thomas
All art is anonymous .R. S. Thomas
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