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Elsi

A response to ‘The Morrow’ by R.S. Thomas

When the last day was over
and you walked up the hill,
our hill;
when the birds were silent
and you questioned the stars
as to my whereabouts
I was with you,
the wind in the trees,
a midnight flower

and paradise came
with a brush and a canvas
on the far side of the flame
in a quiet room;
a leaf, a flower, a feather,
complexity inclined to fade;
now understood.

For you paradise still waits;
a teasing God of the silent space,
the gift of beauty
spurned by a fallen race

the love of angels
demanding an absence of self
when living with thunder
in the hope of lightning,
when words would melt from your pen,
the ones that would last,
cast in a forge which divided us;
but not always.

© Peter George 2015

Awarded first prize at R.S. Thomas Festival Poetry Competition 2015.
Judges – Gillian Clarke (National Poet of Wales) and Professor Tony Brown.

Published in Counterpoints. Einion Books, 2015.

Peter George is a writer and librettist living in Pembrokeshire and who ventures into poetry.

He is best known for his collaborations with composers. Commissions include Antiphony of a Grief Rewarded (in memory of Suzy Lamplugh) with composer Seimon Morris, Adam the Man (in memory of Adam Evans–Thomas) with composer Seimon Morris and WW1–A Village Opera with composer Sam Howley; this latter work was widely performed in 2014 and featured at St David’s Cathedral Music Festival in 2016 with orchestral score. In November 2016, WW1–A Village Opera was awarded the UK prize for art and creativity by ‘Remember World War 1’ organisation.