the bright field

We too had a good community meal last Thursday, good conversation about treasure and fields. We didn’t have any sand but we hid treasure (cadbury’s heroes) and Niamh took great pleasure in finding them and then sharing them with everyone. It was great to have Rachel with us, and thanks to Jane for stepping in with food, and to Rich for bringing supplies of ‘this water’. Cara mentioned this poem: The Bright Field by R. S. Thomas.    [Jon 26.11.07]
I have seen the sun break through / to illuminate a small field / for a while, and gone my way / and forgotten it. But that was the pearl / of great price, the one field that had / treasure in it. I realize now / that I must give all that I have / to possess it. Life is not hurrying / on to a receeding future, nor hankering after / an imagined past. It is the turning / aside like Moses to the miracle / of the lit bush, to a brightness / that seemed as transitory as your youth / once, but is the eternity that awaits you.