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December 10, 2007 1:17 PM   Subscribe

Being But Men. Every year around this time, this interstitial runs and I am reminded of the genius of Dylan Thomas and how much fun it must be to make interstitials for TNT.

The text, for those who prefer not to get their culture from Ted Turner, follows:

Being But Men

Being but men, we walked into the trees
Afraid, letting our syllables be soft
For fear of waking the rooks,
For fear of coming
Noiselessly into a world of wings and cries.

If we were children we might climb,
Catch the rooks sleeping, and break no twig,
And, after the soft ascent,
Thrust out our heads above the branches
To wonder at the unfailing stars.

Out of confusion, as the way is,
And the wonder, that man knows,
Out of the chaos would come bliss.

That, then, is loveliness, we said,
Children in wonder watching the stars,
Is the aim and the end.

Being but men, we walked into the trees.
posted by The Bellman (8 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Every year around this time, a post automatically resizes my browser and I am reminded of the genius of basic UI principles.

Dylan Thomas is great though.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 1:30 PM on December 10, 2007


The TCM insterstitials are always well-done...but I do tire of the über-reverent tone of so many of them. I'm as big a movie fan as anyone but...we're talking about movies, not the freedom-riders, or curing polio.
posted by Thorzdad at 2:39 PM on December 10, 2007


Bellman -

Might want to drop a QuickTime warning if needed in the future.

At work = No QT.
posted by Samizdata at 3:31 PM on December 10, 2007


That is one lateral s.
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:52 PM on December 10, 2007


Sorry for the browser hijinks EMRJKC9 (it didn't do that to my FF tab) and the QT Samizdata. I'll be more careful in future.
posted by The Bellman at 4:08 PM on December 10, 2007


Was anyone else disappointed that this wasn't actually 'being butt men'?
posted by UseyurBrain at 6:53 PM on December 10, 2007


The poem works either way.
posted by telstar at 2:34 AM on December 11, 2007


I've walked into trees. All I usually got was a few scrapes and bruises, sometimes a bloody nose.
posted by kcds at 3:03 AM on December 11, 2007


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