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The Bright Field

canyon_lands_fieldToday’s Lenten poem from Education for Justice is by R. S. Thomas.

The Bright Field

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receeding future, nor hankering after

an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

Source: “The Bright Field” from Collected Poems 1945-1990, by R.S. Thomas.
London: Phoenix Press, 2002.

Posted by opreach on March 3, 2013
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. 03/3/2013

    This is just beautiful. You must spend you life reading, Opreach, to find such gems with such ease!

    • 03/3/2013

      Thank you, Kate. No. I always wish that I took more time for reading. Fortunately I know how to use my sources! And this Lent I am using a series on the website, Education for Justice (the link is above). They have a number of prayer resources available there. That includes a poem for each day in Lent.

      You see one of the things that nuns do, is to prepare prayers for our prayers in community, as well as in ministry. Sometimes what we provide is from our own reflection, and sometimes we use things that we have read. We save a lot!!! I feel blest to be able to offer these poems with my own photography and find that peoples’ hearts are lifted.

      Blessings, Pat


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