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Do not go gentle into that good night

Today's post is in honour of my brother-in-law, who is currently in a coma after having a stroke on Saturday. We are praying for a miraculous recovery, but it is just a waiting game.

In the words of my sister "it can't be his time to go yet, it just can't be." This immediately made me think of this poem, which remains very powerful in spite of being a little too oft quoted in bits and pieces.

Do not go gentle into that good night
Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Comments (11)

Thinking of your brother-in-law and all of your family - I'll say a prayer for a miracle too. That poem is so powerful. Hang in there, Annie

Jill:

Oh Anne, how rough for your family. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.

Dear Anne, prayers and warm thoughts to you and your family. What a difficult time for you. I love this poem too.

I am so sorry to hear about your brother in law. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts today and hope for a miracle.

Sandra:

Anne, I'm so sorry to hear this. Your family will be in my prayers.

Oh Anne, I just saw this and am so so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. Sending my love your way.

Anne:

Thanks so much, my sister and I are touched by everyone's comments and thoughtfulness.

He is still in a coma, but we do not lose hope. He has showed a few signs of potential responsiveness, and the doctor seems a tad more positive about his chances of recovery.

My daughter and grandmother are both doing quite well with their health issues, mercifully. I keep a close (but hopefully not hovering) eye on Ginger to ensure her depression stays in check...she is quite close with her uncle.

Thanks again for all your kind words.

Thanks for the update; I've been thinking about you and wondering how you all are. I hope the news continues to be positive on all fronts - it's a lot to deal with at the same time, so best to you too.

Kim:

Oh Anne, I just saw this. Know that I'm thinking of you and your family too. Take care.

Anne,

I am so sorry to read about this difficult time. I will also keep your family in my prayers. Hang in there.

Hi Anne,
Hope you are doing ok.
Sending flowers your way...(check out my April 16th post when you get a chance).
Hope you are doing ok.

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