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Do not go gentle you old bastard

Do not go gentle into that good night

– Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

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.

Yes, this is the poem recited in the movie “Interstellar” and it kicks ass in a primal, powerful way.

While I’d like to be read enough to elucidate on this poem being the most famous example of a villanelle, that would involve me drinking a glass of sherry with my pinkie in the air and wearing a cravat… a sight no one wants to see.

Instead, I take the view that this poem cuts to the heart of what we’re all about at Snatch-a-Pebble. The light is dying and unlike with the sun traveling across the sky you don’t exactly know when the curtain is going to fall. Hell, Dylan Thomas wrote this to his father and then died two years later himself. You don’t know when your candle will be snuffed – only that it will be.

As well, the “further” you are from the end, the harder it is for you to recognize it’s coming. But it is. Accept it, yes, but fight it. Fight it to the end.
And just in case you haven’t got it yet, check this out – this guy nails it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKp_fjn6d9U

 

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