poet Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

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In The Beginning

In the beginning was the three-pointed star,
One smile of light across the empty face,
One bough of bone across the rooting air,
The substance forked that marrowed the first sun,
And, burning ciphers on the round of space,
Heaven and hell mixed as they spun.

In the beginning was the pale signature,
Three-syllabled and starry as the smile,
And after came the imprints on the water,
Stamp of the minted face upon the moon;
The blood that touched the crosstree and the grail
Touched the first cloud and left a sign.

In the beginning was the mounting fire
That set alight the weathers from a spark,
A three-eyed, red-eyed spark, blunt as a flower,
Life rose and spouted from the rolling seas,
Burst in the roots, pumped from the earth and rock
The secret oils that drive the grass.

In the beginning was the word, the word
That from the solid bases of the light
Abstracted all the letters of the void;
And from the cloudy bases of the breath
The word flowed up, translating to the heart
First characters of birth and death.

In the beginning was the secret brain.
The brain was celled and soldered in the thought
Before the pitch was forking to a sun;
Before the veins were shaking in their sieve,
Blood shot and scattered to the winds of light
The ribbed original of love.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (7/1/2019 4:30:00 PM)

    You went too soon Dylan.Far too soon.Nos da Dylan.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/31/2016 4:21:00 PM)

    The Secret Brain! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (7/31/2016 4:14:00 PM)

    Wonderful expressions. Need to do another reading to enjoy.

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/26/2014 1:57:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine oit

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  • Samuel Viner (9/16/2009 5:30:00 AM)

    A very descriptive poem which depicts man's perceptions about his origins and evolution on this planet. I especially like the allusions to the holy trinity.

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