Ronald Stuart Thomas

(1913 - 2000 / Cardiff / Wales)

Welsh Landscape - Poem by Ronald Stuart Thomas

To live in Wales is to be conscious
At dusk of the spilled blood
That went into the making of the wild sky,
Dyeing the immaculate rivers
In all their courses.
It is to be aware,
Above the noisy tractor
And hum of the machine
Of strife in the strung woods,
Vibrant with sped arrows.
You cannot live in the present,
At least not in Wales.
There is the language for instance,
The soft consonants
Strange to the ear.
There are cries in the dark at night
As owls answer the moon,
And thick ambush of shadows,
Hushed at the fields' corners.
There is no present in Wales,
And no future;
There is only the past,
Brittle with relics,
Wind-bitten towers and castles
With sham ghosts;
Mouldering quarries and mines;
And an impotent people,
Sick with inbreeding,
Worrying the carcase of an old song. To live in Wales is to be conscious
At dusk of the spilled blood
That went into the making of the wild sky,
Dyeing the immaculate rivers
In all their courses.
It is to be aware,
Above the noisy tractor
And hum of the machine
Of strife in the strung woods,
Vibrant with sped arrows.
You cannot live in the present,
At least not in Wales.
There is the language for instance,
The soft consonants
Strange to the ear.
There are cries in the dark at night
As owls answer the moon,
And thick ambush of shadows,
Hushed at the fields' corners.
There is no present in Wales,
And no future;
There is only the past,
Brittle with relics,
Wind-bitten towers and castles
With sham ghosts;
Mouldering quarries and mines;
And an impotent people,
Sick with inbreeding,
Worrying the carcase of an old song.


Comments about Welsh Landscape by Ronald Stuart Thomas

  • (5/17/2018 8:00:00 AM)


    ATTROUTIOUS POEM
    BIG LOVE
    THE BARETH- SPEAKS WISE WORDS
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  • (5/17/2018 7:58:00 AM)


    DREADFUL POEM AS IT IS MAKING FUN OF WELSH POEPLE
    BIG LOVE
    THE BARERTH
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 31, 2011


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