Glimpses

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“Glimpses”: the debut collection of poetry from Samuel S. Thorp

I have in my study a small brown notebook. It sits next to my monitor and in it I’ve been writing down the poems I’ve written in various different places across the years. It’s likely that a handful of poems have been lost, but I recently did a deep dive through my old notebooks and computer files to find which poems I could and wrote them out again by hand in my trusty brown notebook. As I did so I found myself learning more about myself and noticing things which I’d missed at the time. It was during this process that I began to wonder about publishing them and – a hop, skip, and a jump later – this volume materialised.

Glimpses offers an insight to a journey of faith where hope breaks in as the first amber rays of a long awaited dawn. With a commitment to poetic integrity and honesty, these pieces don’t shy away from the lived reality of human complexity while holding fast to a hope of meaning and purpose which can help us all.

These are glimpses of my life, my faith, my spirituality which I offer for you to ponder in the hope that they will speak to you as you reflect on your own life, your own faith – or lack thereof – as you make your own journey through this ‘strange thing called Life.’


A handful of the poems in Glimpses

Glimpses

Time is never wasted,
because in its entirety

it is nothing other than a gift.

People speak, lips move
And spirits breathe out

Through lived realities unshared.

Glimpses and mysteries, though some bore,
Are always a privilege;

Encounters with another.

My world spins on within my soul;
What might others glean

Of all that I hold most dear?

Do I ramble on, meanderingly long?
Am I useful, honourable, a blessing?

Does my king shine through?

For, after all, this Time
And these encounters,
Are his gift to us of that strange thing called Life.


Written on September 20th 2018

In August of 2020 Samuel released his debut collection of poetry called “Glimpses”.


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