Saturday, 15 April 2017

Good Friday Poem - The Musician

In a recent conversation on FB about poems for Good Friday, my friend Jim suggested this one. I had not read it before. There's a lot to think about in it. R S Thomas [1913-200] was a Welsh priest and poet. Fritz Kreisler [1875 - 1962] was one of the most noted violin masters of his day. That's all you need to read the poem

A memory of Kreisler once:
At some recital in this same city,
The seats all taken, I found myself pushed
On to the stage with a few others,

So near that I could see the toil
Of his face muscles, a pulse like a moth
Fluttering under the fine skin
And the indelible veins of his smooth brow.

I could see, too, the twitching of the fingers,
Caught temporarily in art’s neurosis,
As we sat there or warmly applauded
This player who so beautifully suffered
For each of us upon his instrument.

So it must have been on Calvary
In the fiercer light of the thorns’ halo:
The men standing by and that one figure,
The hands bleeding, the mind bruised but calm,
Making such music as lives still.
And no one daring to interrupt
Because it was himself that he played
And closer than all of them the God listened.


  1. That is a wonderful poem. Really powerful. Thank you for sharing it, & thank you to Jim for suggesting it.

  2. That's a very thought provoking poem.

  3. That is a wonderful poem for Good Friday .


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