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A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London - Poem by Dylan Thomas

Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
Or sow my salt seed
In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn

The majesty and burning of the child's death.
I shall not murder
The mankind of her going with a grave truth
Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
With any further
Elegy of innocence and youth.

Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter,
Robed in the long friends,
The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
Secret by the unmourning water
Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.


Comments about A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London by Dylan Thomas

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bee Lover (11/1/2017 5:10:00 PM)

    Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels. Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the “loser, ” and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round. I have found that, in general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theater of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world. Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment. When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one M&M, the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars, A Division of Mars, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3×5 card reading, “Please use this M&M for breeding purposes.” This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free 1/2 pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this “grant money.” I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds, we will discover the True Champion. There can be only one. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,044 Points Naomi Waters (10/25/2017 11:42:00 AM)

    I love this. I can only hope to one day be able to make my poems as smooth as this one is and maybe one day they will sound as beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,985 Points Suresh Raavi (6/23/2017 7:50:00 PM)

    very nice poem. Beautiful piece (Report) Reply

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Poems About London

  1. 1. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. London , William Blake
  3. 3. A Wife In London (December, 1899) , Thomas Hardy
  4. 4. A March Day In London , Amy Levy
  5. 5. London, 1802 , William Wordsworth
  6. 6. In A London Drawingroom , George Eliot
  7. 7. East London , Matthew Arnold
  8. 8. A London Thoroughfare. 2 A.M. , Amy Lowell
  9. 9. London Snow , Robert Seymour Bridges
  10. 10. A London Fête , Coventry Patmore
  11. 11. La Paloma In London , Claude McKay
  12. 12. Farewell To London , Alexander Pope
  13. 13. London In July , Amy Levy
  14. 14. A London Plane-Tree , Amy Levy
  15. 15. West London , Matthew Arnold
  16. 16. The Cavalier's March To London , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  17. 17. London Voluntaries Iv: Out Of The Poison.. , William Ernest Henley
  18. 18. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  19. 19. London Airport , Christopher Logue
  20. 20. London Poets , Amy Levy
  21. 21. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  22. 22. On Leaving London For Wales , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  23. 23. London Bridge , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  24. 24. Trivia; Or, The Art Of Walking The Stree.. , John Gay
  25. 25. His Return To London , Robert Herrick
  26. 26. A London Trip , Ravi Panamanna
  27. 27. In London , Dora Wilcox
  28. 28. The Triumphs Of Philamore And Amoret. To.. , Richard Lovelace
  29. 29. London Stone , Rudyard Kipling
  30. 30. 0013 Aftermath: London, July 7,2005 , Michael Shepherd
  31. 31. Scenes In London I - Piccadilly , Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  32. 32. Book Seventh [residence In London] , William Wordsworth
  33. 33. In Honour Of The City Of London , William Dunbar
  34. 34. The Now Jerusalem, Song Of Mary The Moth.. , Anonymous
  35. 35. Descriptive Jottings Of London , William Topaz McGonagall
  36. 36. London , Francis William Lauderdale A ..
  37. 37. Deep Sea In London And Paris Also Paris .. , WAEL MOREICHEH
  38. 38. Dear Old London , Eugene Field
  39. 39. London, Hast Thou Accursed Me , Henry Howard
  40. 40. On The University Carrier Who Sickn'D In.. , John Milton
  41. 41. Calamity In London , William Topaz McGonagall
  42. 42. London To Folkestone (Half-Past One To H.. , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  43. 43. In A London Square , Arthur Hugh Clough
  44. 44. London Bells , Anonymous
  45. 45. A Letter Written From London To Mrs. Str.. , Mary Barber
  46. 46. Spring Wind In London , Katherine Mansfield
  47. 47. London - In Imitation Of The Third Satir.. , Samuel Johnson
  48. 48. A Satire Against The Citizens Of London , Henry Howard
  49. 49. Orinda To Lucasia Parting October 1661 A.. , Katherine Philips
  50. 50. Earthquake In London , Anonymous Olde English
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