Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

So farewell then

Born Weymouth, England 14 January 1947
Died Dorchester, England 20 February 2010

If I was the only Dylan Thomas fan in my primary school, I owe that to my big poetry-loving brother. This one's for you, bro:

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead mean naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.

Dylan Thomas


At 21 February, 2010 03:58, Blogger Persephone said...

Oh damn.
Words don't work.
I'm so very sorry to hear this, Rob.

At 21 February, 2010 05:30, Blogger Rob said...


Thanks. It wasn't unexpected, at least. But, thanks.

At 21 February, 2010 15:26, Blogger Gill said...

Rob, I'm so very sorry. You got your chance to see him the other week; there's that at least. All our sympathies and love. {{{hugs}}}


At 22 February, 2010 21:32, Blogger Eddie Louise said...

I am sure the loss of your brother will be keenly felt, but the gifts of music and poetry he bequeathed to you will remain.

You will rest in our thoughts and prayers.

At 23 February, 2010 01:54, Blogger Rob said...

Thanks Gill, and thanks Eddie.

At 04 March, 2010 21:23, Blogger Z said...

Sorry, Rob, I'm just catching up. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, and what a lovely tribute of musical memories of Martin.


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