What is beautiful suffering?
What causes it?
How do you suffer beautifully?
How does one beautifully suffer?
Is it like Jesus' suffering?
His pain and anguish for us to live
Forgiven and uncondemned.
Or is it simply someone who is beautiful,
Or is it more?
Like to suffering of grief
At the loss of a loved one
who was so brutally stolen
Or the undeserved suffering of women,
Raped and abused.
Of those tortured by cowards and thieves of love,
Simply for what they believe?
The agony at losing a newly born child,
Who was given no chance at life,
The toys and daffodils lying untouched and neglected by the grave.
The stab that reappears
In every great achievement,
Knowing that a buried parent will never share
In the triumph and rejoicing.
Or the knowledge that
The one you long for
Is yearning for another,
Who is not you.
Just what does it mean?
I then asked my dad about the phrase and what he thought, and he told me that I had heard it from a poem by R S Thomas, called The Musician, if you were interested;