Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Today's prompt was to change the title of a known poem and then write a new poem with a new title. I chose Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" a poem I've both loved and struggled with for decades. I love the love and spirit in the poem, the fire, the fight. And yet I remember the sweet release, the tenderness of Kerry's dying - the tenderness of NOT fighting.

Let Me Go Gentle

Let me go gentle
into welcome night.
Noon is not eternal.
Eyes squint against light.
Long shadows fall tender.
Release is brave as fight.
Please bless surrender.
Let me go gentle
into welcome night.

Victoria Hendricks, April 15, 2009




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5 comments:

Peggy said...

An amazing poem. So very moving and such a gift to those of us who read it.

Mary said...

I do love what you did with this poem, Victoria. I can see why it would be one of your favorite April poems so far!

Judy said...

Victoria, this is my favorite of your month's writings so far. I couldn't read it again this morning but I will tonight. (it's too powerful for me and I can only think of light things this morning until I'm stronger by night. LOL) Incredible.

Diane T said...

Victoria, your poem is stunning! Definitely a favorite of mine this month so far.

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