The voice of Wales references the Rime, in a rather surprising, and un-cheesy way. What will I tell you? I don’t usually read much Thomas, and I was pleasantly surprised about my find. I am presently trying to get through Under Milk Wood, and this gives me a lot of additional motvation to read a text that I otherwise find very hard.
Grief Thief of Time
Grief thief of time crawls off,
The moon-drawn grave, with the seafaring years,
The knave of pain steals off
The sea-halved faith that blew time to his knees,
The old forget the cries,
Lean time on tide and times the wind stood rough,
Call back the castaways
Riding the sea light on a sunken path,
The old forget the grief,
Hack of the cough, the hanging albatross,
Cast back the bone of youth
And salt-eyed stumble bedward where she lies
Who tossed the high tide in a time of stories
And timelessly lies loving with the thief.
Now Jack my fathers let the time-faced crook,
Death flashing from his sleeve,
With swag of bubbles in a seedy sack
Sneak down the stallion grave,
Bull’s-eye the outlaw through a eunuch crack
And free the twin-boxed grief,
No silver whistles chase him down the weeks’
Dayed peaks to day to death,
These stolen bubbles have the bites of snakes
And the undead eye-teeth,
No third eye probe into a rainbow’s sex
That bridged the human halves,
All shall remain and on the graveward gulf
Shape with my fathers’ thieves.
In case you’re interested in learning more about Dylan Thomas, check out this book, by Annis Pratt: Dylan Thomas’ Early Prose – A Study in Creative Mythology. Read it outside away from any obligation, and enjoyed it – though I am otherwise not really into Thomas’ poetry. So, dear readers, you tell me if it’s a good or a bad book, scientifically; as a leisure time read, it was pretty sweet.