In My Craft or Sullen Art

In My Craft or Sullen Art

BY DYLAN THOMAS

In my craft or sullen art   
Exercised in the still night   
When only the moon rages   
And the lovers lie abed
With all their griefs in their arms,
I labour by singing light   
Not for ambition or bread
Or the strut and trade of charms   
On the ivory stages
But for the common wages   
Of their most secret heart.

Not for the proud man apart   
From the raging moon I write   
On these spindrift pages   
Nor for the towering dead
With their nightingales and psalms   
But for the lovers, their arms   
Round the griefs of the ages,   
Who pay no praise or wages   
Nor heed my craft or art.
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To be engaged in life, with life, is the gift of consciousness; an alert consciousness, a consciousness that is deliberate and pays attention to those activities and moments that
resemble something that makes us smile and gives us joy.  
Have you ever heard the moon raging–I have, it sounds like the baying of wolves.  It is a sound of anguish flooding the immediate universe with pain or concern and not a soul
hears the cry of their most secret hearts.
The tears in the night that linger in a dry eye, the lack of a common wage, a spirit broken because the hopes have become empty wishes and there is no vision beyond what your eye can see.  These bayings of an empty heart howl across the lake as the full moon shines down to emphasize the stillness.
It is for these souls that I write and for mine and yours:
 
But for the lovers, their arms   
Round the griefs of the ages,   
Who pay no praise or wages   
Nor heed my craft or art.
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