Do Not Go Gentle……

McDonald observatoryNovember 22, 2016

Post Election Health and Wellness Notes from Center for Health and Wellness: For two weeks now, this refrain has echoed in my brain, rumbled through my heart and left my soul befreft. “Do Not Go Gentle..” Of course, this poem I feel for my country, the values it stands for and the common love and humanity that unites us.

I have struggled to know if sharing my thoughts rose to the level of being part of my professional expression. Ultimately I am a human being, struggling to stay present. It is part of my commitment to wholeness and mirrors my belief that empowerment is an important part of Health and Wellness. Hate does not make us stronger, feeling our feelings does. Uncovering the strength in pain and sorrow, that often lies a layer under anger, does. But this a statement of healing not hatred.

“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

By Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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