June 26, 2007

R.S. Thomas, 'Those Others'

A gofid gwerin gyfan / Yn fy ngbri fel taerni tân. – DEWIEMRYS

I have looked long at this land,
Trying to understand
My place in it—-why,
With each fertile country
So free of its room,
This was the cramped womb
At last took me in
From the void of unbeing.

Hate takes a long time
To grow in, and mine
Has increased from birth;
Not for the brute earth
That is strong here and clean
And plain in its meaning
As none of the books are
That tell but of the war

Of heart with head, leaving
The wild birds to sing
The best songs; I find
This hate’s for my own kind,
For men of the Welsh race
Who brood with dark face
Over their thin navel
To learn what to sell;

Yet not for them all either,
There are still those other
Castaways on a sea
Of grass, who call to me,
Clinging to their doomed farms;
Their hearts though rough are warm
And firm, and their slow wake
Through time bleeds for our sake.

From Selected Poems: 1946-1968 (published 1986).

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  1. Photoguy

    Thanks for putting that up, one of my favourites, and I was just looking for it online, this was the first proper hit.

    06 Nov 2007, 23:28

  2. Glad to be of help!

    13 Nov 2007, 19:01

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