Monday, May 2, 2016

Dylan T. for Dylan B.

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Sharing this video and excerpt from Dylan Thomas' essay "Notes on the Art of Poetry" in honor of my Dylan, who casts his own "delight and glory and oddity and light." 

Happy 16th birthday, Sweetheart!

Notes on the Art of Poetry
     ~ Dylan Thomas, 1951

I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books,
such sandstorms and ice-blasts of words...
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights...
splashing all over the pages
in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which were alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light.


  1. A wonder of a poem for your son, Michelle. Happy Birthday to him, with best wishes for a day filled with good things! Sixteen is a magical number!

  2. Happy B-day to your Dylan, Michelle! Huge fan of Dylan Thomas here!!

  3. What a lovely be thought of with poetry. You are a super mom!

  4. Happy birthday Dylan. What a nice tribute to your son.

  5. What a wonderful poem to share for a special birthday! I think I want to keep a copy of these one close by.

  6. Thanks for sharing this beautifully rich poem and reading Michelle, and Many Happy Returns of the Day to Dylan!

  7. Happy Birthday to Dylan! Love the poem. Perfection!

  8. Thank you, everyone! ...from both me and the 16-year-old.