Radiance, for Dylan Thomas
by Michael R. Burch
for Dylan Thomas
The poet delves earth’s detritus—hard toil—
for raw-edged nouns, barbed verbs, vowels’ lush bouquet;
each syllable his pen excretes—dense soil,
dark images impacted, rooted clay.
The poet sees the sea but feels its meaning—
the teeming brine, the mirrored oval flame
that leashes and excites its turgid surface...
then squanders years imagining love’s the same.
Belatedly he turns to what lies broken—
the scarred and furrowed plot he fiercely sifts,
among death’s sicksweet dungs and composts seeking
one element that scorches and uplifts.
The original title of this poem, which I still like, was “Elemental.” I have also considered “Elemental Radiance” from time to time. I think both “elemental” and “radiant” apply to Dylan Thomas’s best poems. Keywords/Tags: Dylan Thomas, poet, poetry, words, light, radiance, illumination, sea, moon, tides, love, metaphor, earth, roots, plot, pitchblende, uranium, delving, farming
Copyright © Michael Burch | Year Posted 2020
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