Friday, September 22, 2017

Poem for the Weekend: Ronald Stuart Thomas

Considered to be one of the most important modern Welsh poets, Ronald Stuart Thomas was an ordained Anglican priest, and much of his poetry reflects his time serving the farming population of rural, rugged Wales. Often compared with Robert Frost, "Thomas is making a universal statement... This pared-down existence, in a land of ruined beauty belonging to the past, is more human than any educated sophistication. Or perhaps one should say, it is more truly symbolic of the human predicament."

You can find more information about Thomas and his life and work here.

A Day In Autumn

by Ronald Stuart Thomas (1913-2000)
It will not always be like this,
The air windless, a few last
Leaves adding their decoration
To the trees’ shoulders, braiding the cuffs
Of the boughs with gold; a bird preening

In the lawn’s mirror. Having looked up
From the day’s chores, pause a minute,
Let the mind take its photograph
Of the bright scene, something to wear
Against the heart in the long cold.


  1. Thanks for sharing this poem.
    Indeed ... something to wear
    Against the heart in the long cold.

  2. Thank you for this. If anyone reading it likes RS Thomas then you might be interested in and/or twitter @RSThomaspoet - share RS Thomas poems, quotes, events, info, Q&A etc…


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