“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“
I need to read more Dylan Thomas. I did read “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog” though 😉
That I have not read but his poetry is very precious to me.
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.
I am also mesmerizeed by Thomas. Really sorry about your son.
Sure wish I wrote like that. 😀
One can feel he was a very strong Scorpio.
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I was writing about Keats yesterday for school and discovered he was a Scorpio.
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Really? Great to know.
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.
Hello Dear, it is a very interesting painter, I think. Now you made me notice the minarets, too.
Sending lots of love.
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Love Dylan Thomas!!!! Thank you for these lines. Love the image too.
That certainly makes two of us. Thanks, Steven.
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