Soapbox Warrior 3: Woodgate Slam

My version of Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night. Orginal is by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night

All of us should rave and dance at close of day

Rage, rage against the dying of the light


Be wise, but know that not all your thoughts are right

Because you failed once, it means you should stay

Do not go gentle into that good night


Good friends, do not cry at narrow sight

You have the moment to dance and have your say

Rage, rage against the dying of the light


Be wild, catch and sing the sun in flight

And learn now, never is it too late to dance and play

Do not go gentle into that good night


Grave souls, rise above and live with all your might

Open blind eyes, blaze, come what may

Rage, rage against the dying of the light


And you, my fellow, there on such height

Curse, bless me, but do your best I pray

Do not go gentle into that good night

Rage, rage against the dying of the light


My version of Desiderata. Orginal is by Max Ehrmann

Go as you will amid the noise and haste

And remember what meaning there is in real connection

As far as possible and without surrender

Be on good terms with all persons

Speak your truth and do not be silent

Listen to others speak theirs

Even those outside our circle: the different and the foreign

They too have their story


Avoid mean people and evil doers

You become most like those who surround you

If you compare yourself with others

You may become vain and bitter

For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself

Bask in your achievements and ignore the tall poppy syndrome

Our country is full of it


Keep interested in your own life, however humble

It is important and you matter

Exercise the power of your mind

Relinquish not your responsibilities

There is much virtue and within it your own

We should all strive for high ideals and

Recognise that everywhere life is full of heroism


Be yourself

Especially do not feign affection

Neither be cynical about hope

For in the face of all hardship and loss

It’s reach is as vast as the sky


Take kindly the counsel of wisdom

And never surrender youth

Embrace adversity and it’s teachings will shield you in sudden misfortune

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings

Fears hold us back and crush our dreams

Be gentle with yourself


You are a child of the universe

No less than the trees and the stars

You have a right to be here

And whether or not it is clear to you

No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should


Therefore, be at peace with yourself

There is noise and confusion

But do not surrender your dreams and aspirations

You are more powerful than you could ever imagine


With all its sham, drudgery and destruction

It is still and always will be a beautiful world

Be cheerful

Strive to be happy