Dream, like a poet

 

 

I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books,
such sandstorms and ice blasts of words,
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights,
splashing all over the pages
in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which were alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light.

Dylan Thomas

An inspirational poem;  I particularly love the ‘sandstorms and ice blasts of words’ and it came so alive when I heard it read.

Enjoy!

Dylan Thomas: A centenary celebration

Celebration

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

by Dylan Thomas, originally published in 1951

Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea on 27th October 2014.   He died on 9th November 1953.

There are many celebrations planned for his centenary.

Saturday 26th October 2014

In the US:

Dylan Thomas in America, Centennial Exhibition opens today at:

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

http://www.92y.org/Unterberg-Poetry-Center/Events/Dylan-Thomas.aspx

In the UK, check out (and also some international dates can be found here):

http://dylanthomas100.org/

To find out more about the poet:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/poetryseason/poets/dylan_thomas.shtml

http://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/dylan-thomas