This is the last of four posts during Holy Week, 2009, featuring peoms by R S Thomas. During our Holy Week services, our own local poet - Andrew Rudd - has been guiding us with his choices of Thomas's poems and some reflective thoughts.

The poems that Andrew Rudd has chosen for today - Maundy Thursday, 2009 - are below.

Would anyone like to share their thoughts on them?


When we are weak, we are
strong. When our eyes close
on the world, then somewhere
within us the bush

burns. When we are poor
and aware of the inadequacy
of our table, it is to that
uninvited, the guest comes


Some ask the world
and are diminished
in the receiving
of it. You gave me

only this small pool
that the more I drink
from, the more overflows
me with sourceless light.