Into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night
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 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.

An interesting poem, but the core message seems to be clear.  Life is to be lived, and regardless of what may come, whether disease, dementia, illness, or even sudden death, every moment counts.  There is still the capacity to do good, to make a difference.  Life is not always about ourselves, and what we want or need.  The full capacity of life can only be realized when we find something we can do, or say, for the benefit of others.  It may seem small and insignificant, but even little things may matter to someone who is dying of the thirst of an encouraging word.

This poem may be viewed as mostly negative, and a ‘downer’.  But, I see in it the marks of something bright and positive.  A declaration of war against apathy and complacency.  The day of my mother-in-law’s passing, my wife heard her say, “I’m still kicking!”.  A few hours later she was gone.  The fighting spirit never failed her.  So, when you feel like giving up, remember these few words…

One Response to “Into That Good Night”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    I enjoyed the poem and your remarks! Something to think about! Blessings….

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