John Madden


Father Answers Son - Poem by John Madden

I'll not go gently into any night,
But fight to stay awake ‘til Sun's return;
The stars provide the glow I need for sight.

They are but fools who think the darkness right,
Refusing to observe the daystar burn.
I'll not go gently into any night

Good deeds continue on for me despite
My breath's demand that I, from light, adjourn;
The stars provide the glow I need for sight.

I praised the Sun as it coursed in its flight,
Well served by me, with no cause for concern,
I'll not go gently into any night.

I'll fight to stay here in this land of light;
No darkness, shadow, or umbrella yearn.
The stars provide the glow I need for sight.

Now rest at peace my son, you're my delight;
I'll bless you now, so that you may discern
I'll not go gently into any night.
The stars provide the glow I need for sight.

Topic(s) of this poem: death

Form: Villanelle


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Dylan Thomas's 'Do Not Go Gentle' poem has a son speaking to his dying father. Here, as an exercise, I have the father answering his son.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 15, 2016



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