here and now

I’ve been grasping after a thought all week.  Of seizing the moment: appreciating it, valuing it, and living in it.  But words eluded me.  And then as we drove north yesterday, having a highly cultured discussion on poetry,  Nell put this one into my head.

The Bright Field  R S Thomas

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past…


So this afternoon, on the way back home, we detoured up South Head, where this thought began, and watched the light change, as the clouds blew over.



Filed under memories, poetry

3 responses to “here and now

  1. This is a great poem that I am not familiar with. It led me to look up the Welsh poet and read some of his other poems. Great post. I liked the description in the last two lines, although the comma sort of threw me. Is there more?

  2. aitchemelle

    When I read this poem the first time round I thought ‘meh, poem that doesn’t rhyme, don’t get it’ (I am not a great lover of poetry you see) but having come back to it today, that last bit about Life really hit a chord with me. Thank you for sharing it Nicola 🙂

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