I have seen
the sun break through
to illumine 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 the treasure in it.
I realise now
that I must give all that I have to possess it.
Life is not hurrying on to a receding future, nor hankering after an
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 eternity that awaits you.
This poem was read by Lieutenant Commander
David Lambourne at the service held on Ark Royal.
R S Thomas, who died in
2000 at the age of 87, was a pre-eminent Welsh poet who is remembered principally
outside Wales for his religious poetry. He was a clergyman and the son of a sea
Picture by kind permission
Charlie Waite, celebrated landscape photographer.