Sunday, 23 January 2011

Love In the Asylum

Dylan Thomas.

It's that time of the week. I'm spending Sunday afternoon, in a dimly lit room reflecting and thinking. So, take it easy and take some time. Enjoy this poem from Dylan Thomas's The Map of Love (1939, a collection of short stories and poems.) I love the broody, haunting nature of this poem. Dylan is one of my favourites, expect more.

Love in the Asylum
A stranger has come
To share my room in the house not right in the head,
A girl mad as birds

Bolting the night of the door with her arm her plume.
Strait in the mazed bed
She deludes the heaven-proof house with entering clouds

Yet she deludes with walking the nightmarish room,
At large as the dead,
Or rides the imagined oceans of the male wards.

She has come possessed
Who admits the delusive light through the bouncing wall,
Possessed by the skies

She sleeps in the narrow trough yet she walks the dust
Yet raves at her will
On the madhouse boards worn thin by my walking tears.

And taken by light in her arms at long and dear last
I may without fail
Suffer the first vision that set fire to the stars.

(I can't credit the photos, as I don't know who the photographers are.. but.. would love to know, if you have any information...)


  1. Thanks for your comment ! Sorry, it's not the eiffel tower but a it looks like, i'm in Lyon on this picture and it's such a cute town too !
    Really nice blog !

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  3. Cool! I'd love to see a photo of your olive oil tin collection:)

  4. Wonderful poem. I have never heard of Dylan Thomas before, but I will read more of his poems, I love this one. Thank you for the wonderful post!


  5. The words and the images are just gorgeous!

  6. lovely poem!
    thanks for following!

    following back :D

  7. How beautiful...I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and for following me. I definitely agree with you that I enjoy lifestyle blogs much more than just single-themed ones. Btw, I'm now following you :)


  8. Yes, agreeing with all of the above. Nothing like a bit of poetry stretching through a late night. And thanks for following, I'm doing the same :)

    X Girl with the Curl X

  9. wooowwwww!!! what a cool blog:)
    Love it:**

  10. Beautiful poetry. I'm not a big poetry reader but sometimes something just strikes me... This is magical!

    Thanks for being my newest follower - hope to see you again soon!

  11. mm wow love it too, your blog is great !! Following you =D

  12. thx so much for your lovely comment !!!

    these pics are incredibly beautiful !

    xx, tany and nati

  13. thank you so much for the comment!
    I'm following your blog :)


  14. Dylan Thomas is fantastic, not least because he is Welsh. Although, I am more of a Dannie Abse fan myself.
    Great Blog. x


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