Nov 16, 2008

For Jim




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. (Dylan Thomas)


For my uncle, who fought so hard and gallantly,
To stay for a short while longer.
Who is loved and missed.
Who was remembered yesterday by family and friends.
His freedom from pain is well earned. We, who are left behind, find sorrow in our hearts.
But he is full of eternal happiness and love.



"As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
"Now his breath goes," and some say, "No."

John Donne's poem "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"

2 comments:

CINNIBONBON said...

A great tribute to him..

My thoughts are with you. Take care

Donna O. said...

I had read this earlier. A very beautiful tribute.
D.