Dylan Thomas

(27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953 / Swansea / Wales)

A Child's Christmas In Wales

Poem by Dylan Thomas

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.

All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find. In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim of the carol-singing sea, and out come Mrs. Prothero and the firemen.
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Comments about A Child's Christmas In Wales by Dylan Thomas

  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (4/28/2020 6:20:00 PM)

    Noson dda a diolch gymaint Dylan.(Report)Reply

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  • Orbiam SimonOrbiam Simon (12/25/2019 11:18:00 AM)

    I remember this day when I was a kid when someone will ask me what is Christmas but I wouldn't know how to explain but now I understand better, this is a nice work.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (12/25/2019 9:32:00 AM)

    A great poet with a childlike spirit (as this poem shows) ,
    who remained so till he died rather early.(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic Windram (12/25/2019 2:35:00 AM)

    Wonderfully evocative work....with such vivid imagery, Christmas comes alive!(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (12/25/2019 2:10:00 AM)

    Too young to die. A celebrity doctor from New York with a wrong diagnose! This doctor could become better a baker, rather than a doctor. In medical sections, we deal with human LIVES, only perfect thoughts, not such as thoughts that coukd better cook cakes. If wrongly done, eventhough we can still eat the cake, perhaps we only get pain in the stomach.CONGRATS as the Classic Member Poem Of The Day. R.I.P. dear Dylan!(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (12/25/2019 2:04:00 AM)

    HOW Dylan Thomas died: Dr Milton Feltenstein, a celebrity doctor, diagnosed Thomas as suffering from delirium tremens, a drinker's desease. Dr Feltenstein injected the poet with three doses of morphine, which the biographers say would have had the effect of further depressing his breathing. After the third dose, Thomas's face turned blue and he got in coma and 4 days later ghe died. A celebrity doctor with the WRONG diagnose!(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (12/24/2019 2:12:00 PM)

    Thank you Dylan. Nadolig llawen, rydych yn ennill y nefoedd.(Report)Reply

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  • Sai john (12/24/2019 11:58:00 AM)

    You don’t have time for this(Report)Reply

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  • ibraheem (12/19/2019 7:58:00 AM)

    the poem is good so good(Report)Reply

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  • Harley WhiteHarley White (12/19/2019 6:44:00 AM)

    This is my all-time favorite Christmas work, and every year I listen to Dylan Thomas reading it. Thank you for posting this!(Report)Reply

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  • Bigboomer019 (12/13/2019 6:15:00 AM)

    Its very good that he wasnt vaccinated and i love the storyyyyy.(Report)Reply

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  • Nonceman122 (12/13/2019 6:11:00 AM)

    Reallly likd it it ws great and butiful 10/10(Report)Reply

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    long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered, spitting and snarling, they would slink and sidle over the white back-garden walls, and the lynx-eyed hunters, Jim and I, fur-capped and moccasined trappers from Hudson Bay, http: //www.99salary.com off Mumbles Road, would hurl our deadly snowballs at the green of their eyes. The wise cats never appeared.(Report)Reply

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  • Robert J Fielding (5/6/2019 5:11:00 AM)

    This is really a tremendous poem, hiding within freeform...it' s rhythms and
    rhyming is something unusual for Dylan bach, but was appealed for by the masses!
    So easy to follow, compared to the complex Dylan we know!
    It's cozy and glowing, as was commissioned.
    Thanks Dylan, I'll buy you a drink in Swansea, when we meet.
    RJF(Report)Reply

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  • hautai cooper (3/30/2019 9:46:00 PM)

    similar experiences long ago in another place so remote.(Report)Reply

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  • Craig B. (12/25/2018 7:16:00 AM)

    I listen to this every Christmas.(Report)Reply

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  • David (12/25/2018 4:52:00 AM)

    I used to read this to my children when they were small and to the children at school. Thomas captured so much about the warm glow and childlike joy and expectation of Christmas time and tricks of memory that fades at the edges but never dims. May it be read aloud for many more generations.(Report)Reply

    Robert J Fielding(5/6/2019 5:13:00 AM)

    Great comment, David, I'll drink to that!
    RJF

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  • Annie (12/24/2018 9:45:00 PM)

    My family reads this outloud every Christmas Eve- a lovely tradition!(Report)Reply

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