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 realise now that I must give all that I have to possess it. Life is not hurrying on to a receding 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.

RS Thomas

~ by Barbara S on September 7, 2017.

2 Responses to “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 realise now that I must give all that I have to possess it. Life is not hurrying on to a receding 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.”

  1. According to one biography, RS Thomas became a vicar following his difficult mother’s wishes. As a poet he expresses his calling. For me, the bright field came into view at the age of 9, ill with kidney disease, on the way back from the GP where my mother – fortunately for me (for reasons best known to herself) – had sent me on my own.

  2. … and like RS, I forgot it – for some 20 years in my case.

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