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Raptor by R.S.Thomas

A Reading by Carol O'Connor


On Wednesday the 16th of June, Carol O’Connor led a Spiritual Reading Group session via Zoom on the Welsh poet R.S. Thomas. Four poems were discussed, the third poem being ‘Raptor’.

Artwork: Portion of Iso-Mandala 313 by Philip Harvey


Raptor by R.S.Thomas


You have made God small

setting him astride

a pipette or a retort

studying the bubbles

absorbed in an experiment

that will come to nothing.


I think of him rather

as an enormous owl

abroad in the shadows

brushing me sometimes

with his wing so the blood

in my veins freezes, able