A Marriage by RS Thomas

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A Marriage by RS Thomas

Postby cameron » Thu Jul 07, 2005 6:19 pm

We met
under a shower
of bird-notes.
Fifty years passed,
love's moment
in a world in
servitude to time.
She was young;
I kissed with my eyes
closed and opened
them on her wrinkles.
`Come,' said death,
choosing her as his
partner for
the last dance, and she,
who in life
had done everything
with a bird's grace,
opened her bill now
for the shedding
of one sigh no
heavier than a feather.


Any thoughts?

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Postby pseud » Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:50 am

I kissed with my eyes
closed and opened
them on her wrinkles.


What a great transition!
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Postby Bombadil » Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:27 pm

fuck.

I am bested.

I liked R.S. Thomas before this. I teared up on this one...

Now I understand your personal quest to push this Thomas above the other Cam.

Masterful. Absolutely masterful.
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Postby cameron » Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:03 pm

Glad you liked it Keith. I think it is a remarkably good poem. I really would recommend his collected poems to everyone. It is full of work of this calibre. In fact, I will post a couple more gems.

Will also pop into Porthmadog next week when we are in Wales, to pay my respects to the great man. (I always think that Porthmadog sounds like some kind of sexual offence.)

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Postby cameron » Sun Jul 24, 2005 3:56 pm

Did indeed pop into St. John's Church in Porthmadog. His ashes are buried close to the church door and there is a small tablet which makes no mention of him being a poet. Inside the church, I met a lady who knew him. She said that he was a very unassuming man and didn't like any fuss or bother.

While in Wales I purchased a copy of No Truth with the Furies which was his final collection of poetry. The Manic Street Preachers used his poem Reflections on the cover of their This is my Truth tell me Yours album.

'A mirror's temperature is always at zero.'

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Postby camus » Tue Aug 02, 2005 10:08 pm

"under a shower
of bird-notes."

Such simplistic imagery gets me every time, because it is so difficult to master.

Beautiful poem.
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