Concerned Bloggers Association – The Arts in Education


I’m very nearly late in posting about this month’s topic and I apologise: real life has been a little crazy. I’d have hated to have missed the deadline, however, as this is a very important topic to me: I can’t imagine a life untouched by drama, art, poetry and music and, thankfully, I don’t have to. I went to a standard Secondary School in Wales but the curriculum was filled with all of these things, perhaps more so as Wales truly treasures the arts – there were inter-school ‘Eisteddfods’ filled with song and recitation. Along the way, I learned to love poetry, especially when spoken aloud and so I’d like to share with you one of my favourite poems by Dylan Thomas who captured my heart with the line ‘a girl mad as birds’ – I hope you enjoy!

Love in the Asylum

A stranger has come
To share my room in the house not right in the head,
A girl mad as birds

Bolting the night of the door with her arm her plume.
Strait in the mazed bed
She deludes the heaven-proof house with entering clouds

Yet she deludes with walking the nightmarish room,
At large as the dead,
Or rides the imagined oceans of the male wards.

She has come possessed
Who admits the delusive light through the bouncing wall,
Possessed by the skies

She sleeps in the narrow trough yet she walks the dust
Yet raves at her will
On the madhouse boards worn thin by my walking tears.

And taken by light in her arms at long and dear last
I may without fail
Suffer the first vision that set fire to the stars.

(Dylan Thomas)


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About Chiana Oh
I can usually be found mooching about Second Life trying to improve my virtual photography & building skills.

2 Responses to Concerned Bloggers Association – The Arts in Education

  1. Pingback: Arts is the hero in this story | Concerned Bloggers Association

  2. Gorgeous image and words. I’m so glad you could post! ❤

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