“Threshold” by R. S. Thomas

I emerge from the mind’s

cave into the worse darkness

outside, where things pass and

the Lord is in none of them./

I have heard the still, small voice

and it was that of the bacteria

demolishing my cosmos. I

have lingered too long on/

this threshold, but where can I go?

To look back is to lose the soul

I was leading upwards towards

the light. To look forward? Ah,/

what balance is needed at

the edges of such an abyss.

I am alone on the surface

of a turning planet. What/

to do but, like Michelangelo’s

Adam, put my hand

out into unknown space,

hoping for the reciprocating touch?

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