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Don't just lie down and die

by Sigurdur Haraldsson

Don't just lie down and die.
Resist, resist, cling to life
as you have up 'till now.

Resist, resist, go down fighting!
Even when there is no escape,
go down kicking and screaming.

No matter how wise or good men are
they all stand and resist.

Wild men, serious men,
all of them rage and rant
and resist their dying.

And you, dear father,
don't just lie there and die.
Rage, curse, bless - do something!

Go down fighting with the last light
in your dying eyes.
Don't give up.

Don't just lie down and die.


Author's Note: Rewrite of Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

Posted on 08/29/2007
Copyright © 2021 Sigurdur Haraldsson

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 08/29/07 at 08:28 PM

that was the first poem i ever read that touched me, i quote it all the time and it was a mantra for me when i went through my own personal struggles. you set up a very vivid scene and my eyes burned with tears at the future thought of standing by my father's bedside pleading with him to not give up.

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