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„Thirteen Steps to The Cross“

from the gallery of Guy Ricketts

?In Church?
by R.S. Thomas

Often I try
To analyze the quality
Of its silences. Is this where God hides
From my searching? I have stopped to listen,
After the few people have gone,
To the air recomposing itself
For vigil. It has waited like this
Since the stones grouped themselves about it.   These are the hard ribs   Of a body that our prayers have failed   To animate. Shadows advance   From their corners to take possession   Of places the light held   For an hour. The bats resume   Their business. The uneasiness of the pews   Ceases. There is no other sound   In the darkness but the sound of a man   Breathing, testing his faith   On emptiness, nailing his questions   One by one to an untenanted cross.

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