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    R. S. Thomas - He And She

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    R. S. Thomas reads his poem He And She

    He And She
    by R. S. Thomas (1913-2000)

    When he came in, she was there.
    When she looked at him,
    he smiled. There were lights
    in time's wave breaking
    on an eternal shore.

    Seated at table -
    no need for the fracture
    of the room's silence; noiselessly
    they conversed. Thoughts mingling
    were lit up, gold
    particles in the mind's stream.

    Were there currents between them?
    Why, when he thought darkly,
    would the nerves play
    at her lips' brim? What was the heart's depth?
    There were fathoms in her,
    too, and sometimes he crossed
    them and landed and was not repulsed.