Someone has just gone

14 Apr 2022 | Church | 0 comments

It is this great absence

that is like a presence, that compels

me to address it without hope

of a reply. It is a room I enter


from which someone has just

gone, the vestibule for the arrival

of one who has not yet come.

I modernise the anachronism


of my language, but he is no more here

than before. Genes and molecules

have no power to call

him up than the incense of the Hebrews


at their altars. My equations fail

as my words do. What presence have I

other than the emptiness without him of my whole

being, a vacuum he may not abhor?


R.S. Thomas (1913-2000), Frequencies, 1978.

Notes from the Compiler


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