poet Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

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A Child's Christmas In Wales

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.

All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find. In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim of the carol-singing sea, and out come Mrs. Prothero and the firemen.
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  • Lifa Netmail (7/25/2019 12:55:00 PM)

    long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered, spitting and snarling, they would slink and sidle over the white back-garden walls, and the lynx-eyed hunters, Jim and I, fur-capped and moccasined trappers from Hudson Bay, http: //www.99salary.com off Mumbles Road, would hurl our deadly snowballs at the green of their eyes. The wise cats never appeared.

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  • Robert J Fielding (5/6/2019 5:11:00 AM)

    This is really a tremendous poem, hiding within freeform...it' s rhythms and
    rhyming is something unusual for Dylan bach, but was appealed for by the masses!
    So easy to follow, compared to the complex Dylan we know!
    It's cozy and glowing, as was commissioned.
    Thanks Dylan, I'll buy you a drink in Swansea, when we meet.
    RJF

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  • hautai cooper (3/30/2019 9:46:00 PM)

    similar experiences long ago in another place so remote.

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  • Craig B. (12/25/2018 7:16:00 AM)

    I listen to this every Christmas.

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  • David (12/25/2018 4:52:00 AM)

    I used to read this to my children when they were small and to the children at school. Thomas captured so much about the warm glow and childlike joy and expectation of Christmas time and tricks of memory that fades at the edges but never dims. May it be read aloud for many more generations.

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    Robert J Fielding(5/6/2019 5:13:00 AM)

    Great comment, David, I'll drink to that!
    RJF

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  • Annie (12/24/2018 9:45:00 PM)

    My family reads this outloud every Christmas Eve- a lovely tradition!

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  • Lori Bloxom (12/24/2018 9:33:00 PM)

    Love it. Read it every year.

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  • Denise (12/21/2018 9:35:00 AM)

    A little over 2900 words...too long? ? ? I'm speechless...

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    Gwynn Jones(10/5/2019 11:41:00 AM)

    It's not a liong poem

    It is a short story

    It shouldn't be in here FFS

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  • Boommmmmm (12/20/2018 3:28:00 AM)

    Veryyyyy longggggggggg

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  • Louita (12/12/2018 5:37:00 PM)

    Loved it. Thank You for sharing.

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  • wilba (11/20/2018 7:04:00 PM)

    very long! ! ! ! and about 10000 words

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  • kkkkk (9/10/2018 2:44:00 PM)

    nice very interesting wow! ! ! ! !

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  • the unknown (5/8/2018 1:28:00 PM)

    everybody go to youtube and follow or subscribe the grave3girl because she is is doing a video with shane dawson and it is is going to be lit in that case means its going to be great for a clue about the video is a haunting one

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  • RL :) (4/30/2018 1:32:00 PM)

    that is suprisingly long.: 0

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  • the ghost of d.t. (2/15/2018 12:50:00 AM)

    Too long? If you can't put it on twitter, you dismiss it? Try War and Peace next, you morons..

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  • Alison MujatiAlison Mujati (12/30/2017 8:50:00 AM)

    Is this a poem or short storry.....

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  • Sakalabaktula SairajSakalabaktula Sairaj (12/26/2017 2:58:00 AM)

    wow so big one i read it

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  • Jackiechad (12/24/2017 9:09:00 AM)

    All the Christmases roll down the hill towards the Welsh-speaking sea, like a snowball growing whiter and bigger and rounder (Memories of Christmas) Dylan Thomas

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  • Priscilla Bradley (12/22/2017 4:49:00 PM)

    Get a copy of Dylan Thomas himself reading this poem. It is absolutely magical.

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  • Analiza (12/21/2017 8:28:00 PM)

    its too long but it was so good to read you can imagine ho great to be in crhistmas.

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    Audrey(12/25/2017 11:04:00 AM)

    Dylan Thomas can NEVER be too long. A pleasure to read this again!

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