Janaki Nilmini

Do Not Fear Me

Do not fear me, I am with you when you say good night
I will guide you, as I do now it's the end of the day
So, be calm. Gently walk through the fading light

Wrinkled skin and kyphosis, paralyze men with fright
when they see me hovering around, they start to pray
Do not fear me, I am with you,when you say good night

The end is dignity, do not struggle with all your might
Do what's good, cleanse your mind; all the religions say
So, be calm. Gentlywalk through the fading light

I have seen you in great many races, this is not a fight
Cameras clicked and trophies held, you had your own way
Do it again, I am with you when you say good night

Life is short, endless duties, time is always tight
You lived a life of a genius, thats what people say
So, be calm. Gently walk through the fading light

As you wished, the carriage with shire horses isn't white
Your fame is written onmillions of petals, on your way
Do not fear now when it's time to say good night
So be calm. Gently walk through the fading light

Topic(s) of this poem: death

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Poem Edited: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Form: Villanelle


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Inspired byDo not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/8/2018 9:10:00 AM)

    The end is dignity, do not struggle with all your might
    Do what's good, cleanse your mind; all the religions say
    So, be calm. Gentlywalk through the fading light- - - - Dylan Thomas and his poem..... you have recaptured its essence and made it your own..... lovely poem dear poetess. tony

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    Janaki(2/8/2018 1:37:00 PM)

    Thank you for your appreciation Brahminji.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (11/28/2017 11:29:00 AM)

    Do what's good, cleanse your mind; all the religions say
    So, be calm. Gentlywalk through the fading light ....... beautiful expression with nice theme. Beautiful poem shared. Thank u dear Janaki for sharing this poem.

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    Janaki(11/28/2017 3:40:00 PM)

    Thank you Kkumarmaniji for your kind and inspirational words.

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  • Jazib KamalviJazib Kamalvi (11/28/2017 7:41:00 AM)

    A wonderfully courageous work, Janaki. You may like to read my poem, Love And Lust. Thank you.

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