Tuesday, October 08, 2013


I Didn't Even Know the Names

R.S. Thomas (1913-2000), "The Minister," lines 159-166:
I wore a black coat, being fresh from college,
With striped trousers, and, indeed, my knowledge
Would have been complete, had it included
The bare moor, where nature brooded
Over her old, inscrutable secret.
But I didn't even know the names
Of the birds and the flowers by which one gets
A little closer to nature's heart.
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