Dylan Thomas

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

Deaths And Entrances

Poem by Dylan Thomas

On almost the incendiary eve
Of several near deaths,
When one at the great least of your best loved
And always known must leave
Lions and fires of his flying breath,
Of your immortal friends
Who'd raise the organs of the counted dust
To shoot and sing your praise,
One who called deepest down shall hold his peace
That cannot sink or cease
Endlessly to his wound
In many married London's estranging grief.

On almost the incendiary eve
When at your lips and keys,
Locking, unlocking, the murdered strangers weave,
One who is most unknown,
Your polestar neighbour, sun of another street,
Will dive up to his tears.
He'll bathe his raining blood in the male sea
Who strode for your own dead
And wind his globe out of your water thread
And load the throats of shells
with every cry since light
Flashed first across his thunderclapping eyes.

On almost the incendiary eve
Of deaths and entrances,
When near and strange wounded on London's waves
Have sought your single grave,
One enemy, of many, who knows well
Your heart is luminous
In the watched dark, quivering through locks and caves,
Will pull the thunderbolts
To shut the sun, plunge, mount your darkened keys
And sear just riders back,
Until that one loved least
Looms the last Samson of your zodiac.

Comments about Deaths And Entrances by Dylan Thomas

  • paul amrod (4/11/2019 5:40:00 PM)

    This piece I analyzed while studying his literature. Always he has a special touch for evoking a dreamlike state of mind. Simply a scintillating metaphysical journey.(Report)Reply

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  • Walterrean Salley (11/29/2016 4:35:00 PM)

    **Thought provoking.(Report)Reply

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  • Loppo LouieLoppo Louie (9/8/2016 9:23:00 AM)

    Classic Dylan very inspiring words by this man....(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/26/2014 1:36:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine oit(Report)Reply

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  • Haytem A.fHaytem A.f (6/1/2008 9:34:00 PM)

    Good work, worth reading.. I give it 8..(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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