For all the great Welsh poet could sometimes be inaccessible – here he is being utterly … well, just utterly Dylan.
You too have seen the sun a bird of fire
Stepping on clouds across the golden sky,
Have known man’s envy and his weak desire,
Have loved and lost.
You, who are old, have loved and lost as I
All that is beautiful but born to die,
Have traced your patterns in the hastening frost.
And you have walked upon the hills at night,
And bared your head beneath the living sky,
When it was noon have walked into the light,
Knowing such joy as I.
An extract from ‘Youth Calls to Age’
Dylan Thomas: The Poems. Edited and Intro. Daniel Jones (Everyman) 1991
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