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to be read, by request,
at the foot of a fire.

in between drinks, at his cwmdonkin home,

dylan thomas means to complete his
light breaks where no sun shines
but in a flamboyantly theatrical moment, he sings,
as the pleasure bird whistles a welsh tune,
not of broken ghosts nor skinning gales,
this legend of pubs and posey cries out to nessa,
the dark beauty who haunts his sweet hell:

i am “man of my flesh, the jawbone riven.
know now the flesh’s lock and vice,
and the cage for the scythe-eyed raven,
know, o my bone, the jointed lever,
fear not the screws that turn the voice,
and the face of the driven lover.”

i “learnt man’s tongue,” he cries,
“to twist the shapes of thoughts into
the stony idiom of the brain.”
i learnt, he whispers, to cast out your black fears,
that you might hear symphonies
in your prayers.

come, nessa,
let us “go gentle into that good night.”


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Reviewed by D Johnson 1/3/2013
This one thing is true...your words in prose and poetry are solely missed here at AD.
Cheers and wishing you well.
Reviewed by Todd-Michael St. Pierre 8/6/2008
Great job Gene! Me likes! A lot!
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/5/2008
Only you, Gene, could have written this. Simply lovely.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/4/2008
To comment on this is almost like an intrusion into others' relations so I'll stay clear and just say what a wonderful read it is, beautifully conceived and elegantly expressed.
Reviewed by blue soplain 8/4/2008
**NO, you didnt!!!!
im gonna put this one in my pocket for personal reasons. .. .
i dont know which is more fantastical; my name in the same contextual fore[shadowing]play next to dylan's, or the fact you recalled me saying soemthign along the lines of knowing mr. thomas and firelight. .. .
gawds. .. .
im warm all over.
'though lovers be lost, love shall not.
and death shall have no dominion'
mm mm m mm...i can almost taste the warmth on vicarious tongues. ..
dripping all that waxy poetica. ..
someone please, put another log on this fire: i cant get up to do so. ..
if only.. .
Reviewed by John Leko 8/4/2008
...embers of excellence...spark the soul of one...and many...this fine poetry you share with us...says something more.
wonderful Gene...
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 8/4/2008
This is utterly superb, Gene, I loved the flow and imagery..
Awesome work,
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 8/4/2008
Perfect and touching as I can imagine the flickers from the fire and hear this being read softly. Thank you for sharing Gene.

Newfie hugs, ROse
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/4/2008
Beautiful tribute to our Nessa - exquisitely imaged verse.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/4/2008
Unique and intriguing Gene.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 8/4/2008
Beautiful Morning To You Gene :)
ahhh...."he whispers, to cast out your black fears,
that you might hear symphonies
in your prayers."
This Is Lovely, your words sooth the Soul with Love
Much Love & Inspiration To You Always
Embraced ~ Embrassť
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 8/4/2008
jointed gentle giants shinning through .~. Ted
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/3/2008
I could see and hear the roaring fire in the fireplace as a backdrop to such heartfelt words....

Be always safe,

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