Ronald Stuart Thomas
Ronald Stuart Thomas Poems
- A Blackbird Singing It seems wrong that out of this ...
- A Day In Autumn It will not always be like this, The air ...
- Ninetieth Birthday You go up the long track That will take a...
- Death Of A Poet Laid now on his smooth bed For the last ...
- Children's Song We live in our own world, A world that is ...
- Pisces Who said to the trout, You shall die on Good Friday ...
- Here I am a man now. Pass your hand over my brow. You can...
Ronald Stuart Thomas was born in Cardiff in 1913, the son of a sea captain. He was educated at University College of North Wales and later undertook theological training at St Michael's College in Cardiff. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1936.
During his time as a rector he began to write poetry and verse. His writing career continued for fifty years during which time he produced twenty volumes of poetry and was nominated for a Nobel prize and awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Whilst religion, understandably, was one of the major themes of his work, he also wrote about nature and about Welsh history. Thomas was fervent and often outspoken Welsh patriot and even ... more »
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A Blackbird Singing
It seems wrong that out of this bird,
Black, bold, a suggestion of dark
Places about it, there yet should come
Such rich music, as though the notes'
Ore were changed to a rare metal
At one touch of that bright bill.
You have heard it often, alone at your desk
In a green April, your mind drawn
Away from its work by sweet disturbance
Of the mild evening outside your room.
A slow singer, but loading each phrase
With history's overtones, love, joy
And grief learned by his dark tribe
In other orchards and passed on
Instinctively as they are ...