Do Not Go Frantic Into That Good Light

This is a villanelle that is the antithesis of Dylan Thomas’s villanelle called “Do not go gentle into that good night.” It is a reversal of his rage, terror, and despair.

Do not go frantic into that good light,
Old worlds should greet with cheer the start of day;
Pray, pray, to see the fading of the night.

All wise men seek to do the just, the right;
Because their words and actions are good, they
Do not go frantic into that good light.

Good men, the remnant are here, looking bright,
The day will not take all their hopes away;
Pray, pray, to see the fading of the night.

Mild men, who dropped their arms and ceased to fight,
They’re not the ones who’ll break like brittle clay;
Do not go frantic into that good light.

Those men, near death, will see a blessed sight,
Dim eyes can see what heaven does display;
Pray, pray, to see the fading of the night.

For you, my friend, distress is at its height,
But don’t despair–new life is on the way.
Do not go frantic into that good light.
Pray, pray, to see the fading of the night.

(written c. October 2017)

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