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4/10/13 at 11:53 PM 0 Comments

In Church - a Poem

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Since April is National Poetry Month here is a poem by Anglican priest R. S. Thomas who lived in Wales during the 20th century.

Religion News Service describes Thomas as the "Poet of the Cross." Poetry Archive describes Thomas as "a man of devout faith who all his life experienced the elusiveness of God; a poet who hardly ever left the narrow confines of north Wales but who at his death was hailed as a major European poet."

The poem In Church was published in 1966.

Often I try
To analyze the quality
Of its silences. Is this where God hides
From my searching? I have stopped to listen,
After the few people have gone,
To the air recomposing itself
For vigil. It has waited like this
Since the stones grouped themselves about it.
These are the hard ribs
Of a body that our prayers have failed
To animate. Shadows advance
From their corners to take possession
Of places the light held
For an hour. The bats resume
Their business. The uneasiness of the pews
Ceases. There is no other sound
In the darkness but the sound of a man
Breathing, testing his faith
On emptiness, nailing his questions
One by one to an untenanted cross.

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