I wonder what sort of image this poem called to mind for you? A specific picture? A particular style? Or some sort of amalgamation of all the Nativity scenes you have seen? For me, it was the latter. And there is something about those overlapping images, jostling with one another for space in my imagination, that reminds me of R. S. Thomas’ poetry. Here the layers of imagery invite us to add our own layers of what we have seen and experienced the Nativity to be. And somewhere among all those layers, we can discern their commonalities, which may point us towards their purpose – encounter with the word made flesh.
This year for #AdventBookClub we are reading “Frequencies of God: walking through Advent with R.S. Thomas” by Carys Walsh. Join the conversation on Twitter using #AdventBookClub or on Facebook by searching for the group ‘Advent Book Club’.