It is Dylan Thomas’s birthday, a time to listen to him and ‘love the words’ that came to him. Do not be deceived by the simplicity of the Reverend Eli Jenkins’ evening poem from Under Milk Wood. Every word is meant both by Eli and by his earthly creator, Dylan Thomas who wrote “for the love of man and in Praise of God, and I’d be a damn fool if they weren’t.”
Every morning when I wake, Dear Lord, a little prayer I make, O please to keep thy lovely eye On all poor creatures born to die. And every evening at sun-down I ask a blessing on the town, For whether we last the night or no I'm sure is always touch-and-go. We are not wholly bad or good Who live our lives under Milk Wood, And Thou, I know, will be the first To see our best side, not our worst. Oh let us see another day! Bless us all this night, I pray, And to the sun we all will bow And say, good-bye -- but just for now!
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