Dylan Thomas

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

When I Woke - Poem by Dylan Thomas

When I woke, the town spoke.
Birds and clocks and cross bells
Dinned aside the coiling crowd,
The reptile profligates in a flame,
Spoilers and pokers of sleep,
The next-door sea dispelled
Frogs and satans and woman-luck,
While a man outside with a billhook,
Up to his head in his blood,
Cutting the morning off,
The warm-veined double of Time
And his scarving beard from a book,
Slashed down the last snake as though
It were a wand or subtle bough,
Its tongue peeled in the wrap of a leaf.

Every morning I make,
God in bed, good and bad,
After a water-face walk,
The death-stagged scatter-breath
Mammoth and sparrowfall
Everybody's earth.
Where birds ride like leaves and boats like ducks
I heard, this morning, waking,
Crossly out of the town noises
A voice in the erected air,
No prophet-progeny of mine,
Cry my sea town was breaking.
No Time, spoke the clocks, no God, rang the bells,
I drew the white sheet over the islands
And the coins on my eyelids sang like shells.


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  • Paresh Chakra (11/28/2018 4:03:00 AM)

    I enjoyed this poem so nice poem (Report)Reply

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  • Bhagabat Prasad Hotta (11/3/2018 12:56:00 PM)

    So lovely poem..........So. . Nice..... Poem...... (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/8/2017 11:52:00 PM)

    Where birds ride like leaves and boats like ducks
    I heard, this morning, waking,
    Lovely poem.
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  • Stephen Loomes (11/7/2016 6:43:00 AM)

    Awake to the timeless, godless workings of the sea-coast town, on everybody's earth where this visionary stranger drew the sheets back over his understanding. All hail th great Welsh bard, the seer Scop (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 2:43:00 AM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010



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