Saturday, 9 July 2011

Do not go gentle into that good night

My friends, thanks from the depths of my heart for your kindness, empathy and pure humanity shown in response to my last post about my darling Dad. I don’t have time to reply. Events are unfolding rapidly. However, when I last spoke to Dad, I really felt that if he knew this poem, it would be coursing through his mind.
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Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas

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 grieve 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.

I’m off to the hospital to find out whether he’s changed his mind.
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37 comments:

  1. Blessings to you and your dad and all of your family Jane x

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  2. Jane, tears well at your situation. Stay strong for him and your Mum and give him all the time you can right now. We are all here holding you hand...T

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  3. I'm by your side Jane, holding your hand. hugs and love. Janex

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  4. You are all in my thoughts Jane x

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  5. Thinking of you my dear!
    Thoughts, prayers and virtual hugs are going out to you and your family.
    Jxx

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  6. Sending you and yours a big warm hug. xx

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  7. Thinking of you Jane. Stay strong & be brave - it is a beautiful poem. xx

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  8. peace and love to your Dad, you and your family at such tumultuous time.

    xxx
    J

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  9. Beautifully written, tearfully thinking of you.
    :-)

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  10. Oh, Jane. Thinking of you.

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  11. Thinking of you Jane and sending you love and support. Remember, look at the moon for strength. We are all with you...

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  12. May the Lord go with you Jane xox

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  13. Oh Jane, I am so sorry to read this.....

    I am proudly Welsh and love Dylan Thomas....I have heard this poem so many times, in fact my uncle read it at my grandfather's funeral.

    Please know I am thinking of you, your family and your Dad xxxx

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  14. Oh Jane, i've had such trouble with the iternet & following your updates of your papa, i'm so sorry to hear he's getting worse. It's so heart breaking, we're going through it too, only with dementia which is nothing short of cruel. You're in all our thoughts Jane, love Posie

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  15. Oh, Jane. I'm so sorry. I hope your father is not in pain and that he knows he's loved. Kiss him and kiss him and kiss him.

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  16. Thinking of you Jane. Wishing you and all your family peace and love. Hugs deb

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  17. Sweet Jane, my heart is breaking for your family. You are in my thoughts and I send all my love to you, and to your dear Dad. Hugs ~ Txx

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  18. Thinking of you Jane, xxx.

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  19. Dear Jane that poem brings tears to my eyes every time. I cannot really imagine what you are going through but i am thinking of you and hoping it all goes as well as can be expected and that you all make the most of this time. xoxo

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  20. Bless you Jane, and your dear dad. What a wonderful poem - I'd not read it before. Emailing you now.

    ps I adore your updated header.

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  21. God bless dear Jane. That poem is so moving. I am sending hugs your way. X

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  22. Thinking of you Jane. Sending every bit of positivity and light I can muster. You're a terrific daughter. Take care sweetness xo

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  23. I'm thinking of you Jane, wishing you and your family strength, peace and love! In my thoughts I'm with you, sending you a big, big hug my friend! Tesca x

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  24. Oh Jane. One word... tears....

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  25. Thankyou, my gorgeous friends. Your compassion and empathy is helping me through this horrid time. More than you'll ever know. J x

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  26. Thinking of you Jane.
    Just being there for for Dad is the most special thing you can do for him.
    Hold his hand, chat to him, tell him he is so loved.
    Being with my father right up until he took his last breath was very very special.
    I remember thinking how his beautiful mother brought him into the world and her grand daughter stayed with him as he left.
    The nurturing role of women is never more important.
    Chris

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  27. Oh that poem. You are in my thoughts. A-M xx

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  28. Thanks, ladies. I am so touched by your compassion. J x

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  29. lots of tears for you here, it's such a sad time but you'll remember everything about it.
    corriexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  30. A late response, Jane to a soulful post and poem. Thinking of you, your dad and your family during this time xo

    And more hugs x

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  31. You kind-hearted souls. Thankyou. J x

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  32. Oh hon, thinking of you. I dread this situation and my heart goes out to you. x

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  33. Thanks, Lovely. I really appreciate your compassion. J x

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Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, you gorgeous soul. You've just made my day! J x

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