Cover to Cover with Jack Foley

Cover to Cover with Jack Foley – December 26, 2018: Dylan Thomas

Today’s show is Jack’s annual tribute to poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953). Dylan Thomas is heard reading his classic story, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” along with some other poems. “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” begins,

“One Christmas was so much like the other, in those years around the sea-town corner now, 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 towards 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.”

Jack’s poem for this season:

THIS YEAR’S TREE

I look up

            I look up

and see

            and see

lights

            lights

against

            against

treedark

            treedark

thoughts

            thoughts

of childhood, toys

            of childhood, toys

moments

            moments

of deep

            of deep

happiness

            happiness

my delight then

            my delight then

and something more

            and something more

now:

            now:

magic

            magic

against the dark

            against the dark

against the

            against the

oppressiveness

            oppressiveness

of age

            of age

not faith

            not faith

but recognized

            but recognized

longing

            longing

which has its power

            which has its power

though I lack belief:

            though I lack belief:

fables

            fables

to find

            to find

our hunger in

            our hunger in

Answered by Jake Berry:

In the depth most of darkness
– a sudden light –
as if by magic

Is that only the sun?

What can be only about the sun?

Without it no life is possible
And it could erase all life at a whim –
total fire, total light forever

In the depth most of darkness
a sudden light
and a promise

that green will return

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