“Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines” by Dylan Thomas

“Light breaks where no sun shines;

Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart

Push in their tides;

And, broken ghosts with glow-worms in their heads,

The things of light

File through the flesh where no flesh decks the bones.

A candle in the thighs

Warms youth and seed and burns the seeds of age;

Where no seed stirs,

The fruit of man unwrinkles in the stars,

Bright as a fig;

Where no wax is, the candle shows its hairs.

Dawn breaks behind the eyes;

From poles of skull and toe the windy blood

Slides like a sea;

Nor fenced, nor staked, the gushers of the sky

Spout to the rod

Divining in a smile the oil of tears.

Night in the sockets rounds,

Like some pitch moon, the limit of the globes;

Day lights the bone;

Where no cold is, the skinning gales unpin

The winter’s robes;

The film of spring is hanging from the lids.

Light breaks on secret lots,

On tips of thought where thoughts smell in the rain;

When logics dies,

The secret of the soil grows through the eye,

And blood jumps in the sun;

Above the waste allotments the dawn halts.”


Robert Ellaby, “Sun“

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16 Responses to “Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines” by Dylan Thomas

  1. I need to read more Dylan Thomas. I did read “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog” though 😉


  2. roughghosts says:

    My gifted and troubled son fell in love with my copy of The Selected Poems of Dylan Thomas and I never saw it again. Curiously, his name is Thomas and his best friend is Dylan. Sadly they both share another affliction with the great writer.


  3. Sure wish I wrote like that. 😀


  4. Dear M,
    Lovely post – I especially love that painting. It encapsulates the current color palette of my own work! I am also very much intrigued by the architecture in the background, it reminds me of the minarets of my youth.


  5. BLaine Robert Parker says:

    Reblogged this on D. Blaine's Space.


  6. lampmagician says:

    Reblogged this on lampmagician and commented:


  7. Pingback: “Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines” by Dylan Thomas | lampmagician

  8. Love Dylan Thomas!!!! Thank you for these lines. Love the image too.


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