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But the silence in the mind

by R. S. Thomas


Original Language English

But the silence in the mind
is when we live best, within
listening distance of the silence
we call God. This is the deep
calling to deep of the psalm-
writer, the bottomless ocean.
We launch the armada of
our thoughts on, never arriving.

It is a presence, then,
whose margins are our margins;
that calls us out over our
own fathoms. What to do
but draw a little nearer to
such ubiquity by remaining still?


-- from For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics, by Roger Housden
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