Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.

By alison October 25, 2007 28 Comments 1 Min Read

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.

For our Roy. Who raged against it till all our hearts broke and finally died peacefully at 8.00pm last night.
Goodnight, God bless to the man who had magic coming out of his ears.  We love you.x

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28 Comments

  1. Gena says:

    Alison,I am so sorry, I do know how this feels, and the only comfort I can offer you, is that he is no longer suffering,Grief is a terrible relentless task master, but it does get better,be kind to yourself, take good care of your Mum, it is all you can do sweetie. xxxxx

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Respectfully, Amanda.

  3. kali says:

    Dear Ali ~ My heartfelt condolences to your Mum and you All.
    May your beloved Uncle Roy, sleep peacefully, there where no pain exists.
    With love ~ Kali

  4. Dawn says:

    Dear Alison, I'm so very, very sorry my dear….till you meet again in the sky ~ xxoo, Dawn

  5. Christine says:

    Hi,
    I don't know you..but I feel your loss… I'm facing a beloved loved one passing on! She is in GA..I'm pretty much going there the 15th of Nov. to say Goodbye… I am soo sorry for your loss! Hugs!

  6. Melanie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Alison, I know this is a awful time for you but I promise you thing's will get better.I never thought I would get over the hurt of my grandads passing, but I did. I still think about him every day, but the raw pain that was there is now replaced with happy memories.
    Take Care, all will be alright in time.
    Your Friend
    Melanie.

  7. Sasha says:

    My sincere condolences to you, your Mum and all your Uncle's family. This is a rotten time for you all, but your love and support for each other will pull you through.
    Perfect poem. And one that illustrates what watching a loved one passing should make us all realise – that life is worryingly too short, no matter to what ripe old age you live, and we should all LIVE each day, grasping life with both hands every moment, as best we can.
    LOL xx

  8. Sasha says:

    My sincere condolences to you, your Mum and all your Uncle's family. This is a rotten time for you all, but your love and support for each other will pull you through.
    Perfect poem. And one that illustrates what watching a loved one passing should make us all realise – that life is worryingly too short, no matter to what ripe old age you live, and we should all LIVE each day, grasping life with both hands every moment, as best we can.
    LOL xx

  9. Nonnie says:

    Alison, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your family at this sad time.

  10. Heather T. says:

    I lovely tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  11. Anita says:

    I'm so, so sorry for your loss… You all are in my thoughts…

  12. Anita says:

    I'm so, so sorry for your loss… You all are in my thoughts…

  13. My sincere condolences to you and your family Alison. The tribute is very moving.

  14. Happy Apple says:

    Oh how I know how you feel … we lost our wonderful, very beloved grandfather this month as well. Kind of makes you feel as if a little piece of yourself goes along with them, when they've been so integral to who you are.
    A hug to you and your family, you're in our prayers. Take time to rest in this stressful time.
    With love, Happy Apple

  15. Happy Apple says:

    Oh how I know how you feel … we lost our wonderful, very beloved grandfather this month as well. Kind of makes you feel as if a little piece of yourself goes along with them, when they've been so integral to who you are.
    A hug to you and your family, you're in our prayers. Take time to rest in this stressful time.
    With love, Happy Apple

  16. Grace says:

    My prayers are with your family.

  17. So sorry for your family's loss Alison. I hope that happy fond memories and smiles soon outweigh your sadness. Hugs for you sweetiepie.
    lauren

  18. So sorry for your family's loss Alison. I hope that happy fond memories and smiles soon outweigh your sadness. Hugs for you sweetiepie.
    lauren

  19. Julie says:

    Much love to you and your family Miss Alison.

  20. Ali says:

    What a beautiful tribute!
    Ali x

  21. Johanna says:

    Hey
    My name is Johanna, Roy was with my mum for eight or nine years. He was a father to me.
    Me and my mum want to thank you for your tribute and thank everyone for there comments.
    We were both moved.
    Love Joan and Johanna xoxo

  22. Sharon S says:

    This kind remembrance of your uncle is a reminder to us that we touch so many lives and how gentle and kind should be our touch. I'm glad that you let us know of your sorrow of losing this wonderful man with the magic coming out his ears. We should all be so kindly remembered. x

  23. Sharon S says:

    This kind remembrance of your uncle is a reminder to us that we touch so many lives and how gentle and kind should be our touch. I’m glad that you let us know of your sorrow of losing this wonderful man with the magic coming out his ears. We should all be so kindly remembered. x

  24. Gayla says:

    Oh, honey, I'm so very sorry. Big hugs, sweetheart. !

  25. Gayla says:

    Oh, honey, I'm so very sorry. Big hugs, sweetheart. !

  26. Jayne says:

    I'm so sorry for your loss Alison. It's a very difficult time, I know, but please take some comfort that your Uncle's magic will remain for ever close to you in your heart and in your mind. Sending you love. x

  27. Jayne says:

    I'm so sorry for your loss Alison. It's a very difficult time, I know, but please take some comfort that your Uncle's magic will remain for ever close to you in your heart and in your mind. Sending you love. x

  28. Clare says:

    A beautiful and apt poem – thoughts of you and your loss. Clare x

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