It was a time of stifling.

PERIOD

It was a time when wise men
Were not silent, but stifled
By vast noise.  They took refuge
In books that were not read.
Two counsellors had the ear
Of the public.  One cried ‘Buy’
Day and night, and the other,
More plausibly, ‘Sell your repose.’

R. S. Thomas, 1913 -2000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With thanks to Stephen Pentz,
who has all the best poems.
Illustration by Johan van Hell.

 

5 thoughts on “It was a time of stifling.

  1. I’ve missed your blog. Strangely enough, today I was looking up scriptures on “noise” and “chaos”, when I decided to go to my old blog to look you up. I hope you are well! Anita

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