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And Rising

And, rising, bless the Cimmerian shade of night

With cupped snowflake-skin flowing, bathed in sultry rebirth

Praise the darkness that impregnated your essence with light.


Now permeated with scent of ashes, grasp with might

the memories of a child once holy in its innocence of mirth

And, rising, bless the Cimmerian shade of night.


And gaze raptly, effervescent, drunk with flight –

into the Neverwere of existence that soured your birth

Praise the darkness that impregnated your essence with light.


When young, you were all-ignorance – in lack of sorrow, bright

Smote the mocking fruit of knowledge: caress with stable blaze the earth

And, rising, bless the Cimmerian shade of night.


With scars that unfurl like ribbons of wings you will alight

Entwine your luminescence with those unmarred before the curse –

Praise the darkness that impregnated your essence with light.


You misconstrued the pain that seared, but now you fight

No longer complacent, idle –embrace the warrior death brought forth

And, rising, bless the Cimmerian shade of night –

Praise the darkness that impregnated your essence with light.


**Inspired by Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

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  1. Date: 11/24/2009 3:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Brian's contest Micaela. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/17/2009 4:16:00 AM
    What better inspiration than Dylan! and a marvelous poem to emulate... the repetitions are most effective, and the atmosphere you create is right on! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 9:36:00 PM
    Dear Micaela, Congratulations on YOUR Well Deserved Honorable Mention in Brian's Contest Superb Write ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 8:15:00 PM
    Congratulations on your winning poem and placement in Brian's contest.. Micawla u earned this winning .. well earned .. well deserved.. great write.. Linda-Marie, P.E.P.S. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 6:16:00 PM
    Dear Micawla. Congratulations on your adaptation win of Dylan Thomas. Well done! Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 2:01:00 PM
    Wonderful write..congrats on your win..you put alot of thought into this..it shows..BG

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 12:31:00 PM
    This was a moving and inspiring adaptation of another wonderful poem! Excellent job, Micaela! Congratulations! ~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 9:42:00 AM
    Nice use of rhyme and imagery for a creative view. Congratulations on your win in Brian's contest. Enjoy your honor. Wishing you ongoing success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 8:41:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in my contest.Rgds Brian .My latest contest 'MY DEAR' is now open

  1. Date: 10/31/2009 12:36:00 PM
    Interesting write here.Good luck in the contest. Keep writing. Sara

  1. Date: 10/31/2009 1:37:00 AM
    Thank you for supporting my contest Michela.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 10/30/2009 6:37:00 PM
    Very well written. Pam.