I am the Great Sun

                      From a Normandy crucifix of 1632

                                  by Charles Causley

I am the great sun, but you do not see me,
   I am your husband, but you turn away.
I am the captive, but you do not free me,
   I am the captain but you will not obey.
I am the truth, but you will not believe me,
   I am the city where you will not stay.
I am your wife, your child, but you will leave me,
   I am that God to whom you will not pray.
I am your counsel, but you will not hear me,
   I am your lover whom you will betray.
I am the victor, but you do not cheer me,
   I am the holy dove whom you will slay.
I am your life, but if you will not name me,
   Seal up your soul with tears, and never blame me.


Charles Causley was born and has lived, apart from six years in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, in Launceston, Cornwall. In 1990 he was awarded the Ingersol/TS Eliot Award, given to authors "of abiding importance whose work affirms the moral principles of western civilisation". This poem appears in Collected Poems, published by Macmillan at £25.
This item was reprinted as one of the Independent's daily poems in 1996.

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