Kneeling by R. S. Thomas

Moments of great calm,
Kneeling before an altar
Of wood in a stone church
In summer, waiting for the God
To speak; the air a staircase
For silence; the sun’s light
Ringing me, as though I acted
A great role. And the audiences
Still; all that close throng
Of spirits waiting, as I,
For the message.
Prompt me, God;
But not yet. When I speak,
Though it be you who speak
Through me, something is lost.
The meaning is in the waiting.

R. S. Thomas

About Russell Boyle

Russell Boyle is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. His poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness. Russell is the author of the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 to 10 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Sample poems and questions may be downloaded from
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8 Responses to Kneeling by R. S. Thomas

  1. Reminds me of T S Eliot, in East Coker:
    “But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.”

  2. Pingback: Kneeling: R S Thomas | Ratiocinativa

  3. layanglicana says:

    Reblogged this on layanglicana and commented:
    This is my favourite poem by the Welsh priest and poet, R S Thomas. Russell Boyle of Melbourne loves it also…

  4. layanglicana says:

    Now this one I love and already know. I have not yet quoted from RST’s collected works which sit on my shelf. As this poem is my favourite, I will simply reblog from you!

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