March 20, 2019KR BlogCurrent EventsWriting

Free Villanelle Against White Supremacists Co-opting Dylan Thomas’s ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’

Lines taken out of context can make darkness burn
For those who want to burn the world, but darkness
Is their slow burn, white lies their eruption.

And when leaflets fostering discrimination
Appear outside a wheatbelt supermarket, they gloss
Lines taken out of context and make a darkness burn.

But what most disturbs is that such leaflets remain
Or are browsed as the town broods under a glaze of tolerance —
Is it a slow burn before white lies trigger an eruption?

We share breath and relish the health to rise each day in turn,
Each day shared in sameness and difference,
But lines taken out of context can make darkness burn.

Every word of intolerance sold as ‘warning’ is the crimson
Shade of the day-to-day accretion of a rage that is not the rage for existence —
A slow burn, white lies their corruption.

Let words of life that urge a life continue to be a lexicon
Of day and night, light and dark, of overlaps in time’s ingress —
Lines taken out of context can make darkness burn,
A slow burn, white lies their corruption.