Fern Hill   2 comments

I wanted to pass this one on to Harper, really.  She lives up to her handle, and knows so much more about poetry than I do, or is just plain better at researching it than I am.  Our Fearsome — that is our Fearless Leader, however, insisted that I write this one since I shot the photos.  And, for once, I know a little bit about Welsh poetry — a very little bit, but I have a taste for Dylan Thomas.

I’m in front of the recreation of the Millennium Hall from RL Cardiff, complete with its huge front that most Americans know from the Christopher Eccleston episodes of Doctor Who, or from John Barrowman’s Torchwood.  But Cardiff, and Wales in general, have very little to do with cheezy science fiction.  Wales has long been a place for poets and musicians.  See the last words in the lines on the building behind me:  “IN THESE STONES / HORIZONS / SING.”

There have been many fine poets come from this little country, which is ever so slowly reclaiming its identity from England.  I did a little reading before starting to write this, but I still like Dylan Thomas the best.  A complex, maybe driven man, he wrote with insane speed, and he really didn’t “go gentle into that good night,” dying at the age of 39.  Despite chronic alcoholism, though, most biographers conclude that Thomas did not drink himself to death; instead, he probably died from lung troubles, or diabetes, aggravated by a friend trying to “treat” him instead of taking him to a hospital.

Most people know Dylan Thomas for “Do not go gentle into that good night,” or “And death shall have no dominion.”  But Harper’s favorite, and one of mine as well, was “Fern Hill,” which Harper heard being read back during the second season of the original Beauty and the Beast in the episode “Remember Love.”  (The text won’t lay out in the blog properly, so I’ll just link to it, and add a recording of Thomas reading the poem at the bottom here.)

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I’m wearing:

  • Head: Akeruka Monika 2.5 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara
  • Hands: Vista ProHands
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign (Passion)
  • Hair: enVOGUE Sophie
  • Dress and shoes: TO.KISKI Sun minidress and Frida shoes (available at current round of the Sense Event)
  • Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer Positano Night Jewel necklace and ring
  • Eyeshadow: SlackGirl GoldLine (Akeruka, slot 1)
  • Lipstick: Booty’s Beauty Fabulosa Hell (Omega, slot 10)
  • Nails: La Boheme Solids Chrome S4 (Omega, slot 7)

Photographed in Cardiff Bay region

2 responses to “Fern Hill

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  1. If I figure out how to display the lines right, I’ll show you what to do. We may just need to take a screenshot of the thing.

  2. Nice piece. I’ve seen another recording of this poem read by Richard Burton, but it has a skip in it partway through the playback. It must have been an old, worn record.

    Oh, BTW, nice dress, too. :)

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