Do Not Go Frantic Into That Good Light

This poem is based on the poem by Dylan Thomas called “Do not go gentle into that good night.” His poem and mine are based on a specific form called the villanelle. The villanelle has the following structure: A1bA2 abA1 abA2 abA1 abA2 abA1A2, where the letters “a” and “b” show that there are only two rhyme sounds in the poem; the upper case letter “A” represent the refrains; and the numbers 1 and 2 represent refrain 1 and refrain 2. The two refrains have the same rhyming sound at the end but they are different phrases, so they are indicated with the numbers 1 and 2.

 

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