The Glow

Clouds harvest stone moorland
Memory bones bracken fluttering
Baubles cowries rulers sunlight
God furrows worship tremble
Nothing fountain bitter flowers
Obstinacy gorging counsellors running
Weakness stubborn dark artificer

Nucleus religion charmer bacteria
Drowned suppurate fractured water
Idiot orchestra idiot laughter
Mangle departure death dreamer
Chaucer Pope Wales England
God hills quilts gardens
Hair men art comfort
Rig window rain-hammered dazzle

Gold conviction land light
Language music haunted stillness
Dance dust rafter flower
Gorse gyre halo breaking
Leaves sleep singing endless


Peter Finch

The Glow is a tribute poem to the late R S Thomas which used R S thomas vocabulary.

Commissioned by the late Robin Reeves at The New Welsh Review