National Poetry Month: Dylan Thomas

I hadn’t planned on posting this today but I had a lively discussion at book club. We read a book where one of the characters had given up on her dreams and that led to a discussion about how today a person can still follow their dream no matter the circumstances. It got me to thinking about all the people I know that are holding it down and striving for their dream long past the point where society would try to convince us to give up and settle. I don’t mention it enough but I want to give a shout out and dedicate this poem to all those that haven’t given up and are still raging against the dying of the light. I want you to know I look at you in admiration and you help me continue to pursue my own dream.

Do not go gentle into that good night — Dylan Thomas

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 the 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.

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