Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dylan Thomas: A Child's Christmas In Wales


Lucille Chabot, American, born 1908
Angel Gabriel Weather Vane Drawing, 1939
National Gallery of Art, Washington
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What shall I call you? Look, my lips are lame.
You are the beginning that gushes forth,
I am the slow and fearful Amen
that timidly concludes your beauty ...

Rilke,  from "The Guardian Angel"

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Ok. Sit by the fire, open the ice cold bubbly... or is it coffee and pie.

A Child's Christmas In Wales, read by Dylan Thomas.

text version, Dylan's changes to the spoken version fascinate as a peek into the writer/editor mind. Its hard to find time to listen, if you love words this is worth it!
The visual, sensual delight of this opens doors to such scenery in my own Christmas memories. "Lets post a snowball in Mr so;so's letterbox. Lets write in the snow." It set me jotting in a journal, too. May it bring you on a journey within as well, where all the senses thrive awake and tingling to the wondrousness of "being."

Peace and Blessings, as always. Happy Holidays (i can't honestly understand how its December at all... :) but am looking forward to some delightful goodies.




La Dolce Vita said...

oh.. yes.. please... goodies... like this wonderful recording.. i will come back to it again and again... grazie... sending you wishes for the sweetest and loveliest of holidays... xoxo

NuminosityBeads said...

Oh Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I have been looking for a recording of this for years. It's part of my childhood Christmas tradition to listen to this and I've been missing it for too many years.
Merry Christmas to you. You made my day!
xoxo Kim

mansuetude said...

Thank you girls! Thanks for coming over to my dusty ol blog and adding life and voice.

Merry Christmas to you both and a Rockin'new year! ...and goodies galore... :)

Sophie Munns said...

Gorgeous post.... loved that Rilke poem as well as the Dylan Thomas!
What a treat....thank you.

May you enjoy the loveliest of festive times and a bright year head ill led with mush to warm your heart!
x S

mansuetude said...

Sophie, the wisdom! You gave a bunch of people (on this side of time) a great laugh.

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh, how wonderful that you are back. I cannot believe it is december either, hiding out in my cocoon, painting, my mind drifting here and there. I appreciate the wonder of being sometimes more than others, but am thankful that you remind me this evening.
May the blessings of the winter stars be with you.

ArtPropelled said...

I havn't taken time out to listen to a story (or heard church bells) for such a long time. Thank you M for A Child's Christmas in Wales!

We are enjoying a quiet Boxing Day after a rather hot family gathering yesterday. This is the day for reading all our delicious Christmas books.

mansuetude said...

Roxanne, yes, the wonder of being. Your art shows how much you do appreciate and witness. The stars ... thank you.

Robyn, love the part about the Children hear bells, inside themselves. A snuggle in with some new books sounds wonderful, here too. Though the cheescake i ate might lull me in a long winter's nap.

nancy neva gagliano said...

oh, i should have come to you for a "love poem"....i looked through a few books this morning, and realized i had to just ramble and "write" my own for my post.
these are beautiful here, i 'shall return'!!

mansuetude said...

Neva, yes, write your own--your Love poem was moving and beautiful. Honestly. A living love poem is the best kind to carry all day long in the heart. Thank you.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I'm enchanted by the "Guardian Angel" both poem and image. Happy Holidays!

soraya nulliah said...

I just LOVED reading this post...the imagery and poetry filled me up. I hope you had a wonder-filled Xmas...and all the very best in the new yaer. Hey!! I also can't understand how it's December already!! xxx

Kathy Van Kleeck said...

And now we're through December, embarking into the new year ... a stunning awareness. Thank you for the Dylan Thomas link which shall be passed on to my other half. Every Christmas Eve we watch a made for TV version that is a pure delight - Denholm Elliott is just wonderful -

Be well, be safe ... New Year's blessings ...
l i g a - kvk

Don Madden said...

Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for coming back into view for me!

mansuetude said...

Blue Sky, me too. Have always loved that phase of Rilke's writing/conversing with "angels" of his soul.

Saroya! Happy New Year to you too, and well, Now that we are into January we must make the most of it. :) Thanks for coming over.

Kathy, Happy New Year to you, and LIGA in full glory! I will check out that film, right now my own imagination is visual enough to make those words come into view. Blessings.

Hi Don. Thanks, and Happy Productive New Year to you and yours.

redredday said...

hi Mansuetude! i thought that must have been you :). so good to hear from you and see you back here again...thank you for your beautiful words, as always...i was wondering where you've been these've been missed! wishing you a wonderful new year filled with laughter and creativity...xo

layers said...

You always have such wonderful words and images here.. so heartwarming.. happy new year to you and yours!

Christine said...

Love that Rilke. So beautiful.
:-) So wonderful that you are here again

mansuetude said...

Hey Red!

Thank you for knowing. You're missed too; thank you for the perfect poetry of your blog. Happy New Year.

Thanks Donna. Happy New Year.

Christine, Hello. Thank you for your surprise note, and Yes, Rilke and Rumi, too are so Beautiful. Two of the best poets, i think. Blessings across the seas.