A few poems on prayer: #8. “Launching a Prayer” by R.S. Thomas (on the tenth anniversary of his death)

by Kim on September 25, 2010

The stripling posturing
before the hero;
the mature man
posturing before

God. Circularity
is endless, yet
one prayer, slipping
the reason, speeds out

into the cornerless
universe so close to God
as to open a crater
in his composure.

R.S. Thomas, Residues (Tarset, Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books, 2002), p. 61.

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