Inspiring Poems – “A world … vast and meaningful…”

Inspiring Poems – “A world … vast and meaningful…”

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In this poem, nature is blurring the boundaries between the man made and the eternal:

“…the green tide

Of grass creeping perpetually nearer

This last outpost of time past.”

Hardly anything happens in this village in Wales:

“the black dog

Cracking his fleas in the hot sun

Is history”

But the human dimension brings about a change of perspective. Suddenly the scene is invested with infinite depths:

“Yet the girl who crosses

From door to door moves to a scale

Beyond the band day’s two dimensions.”

Which takes us to the wonderful final stanza:

“Stay, then, village, for round you spins

On a slow axis a world as vast

And meaningful as any posed

By great Plato’s solitary mind.”

The poem is simply called “The Village”, by the great poet R.S.Thomas, and you can read it here.

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Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay

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