This tattoo belongs to Simon Tonkin:
These are the last three lines from what I regard as Dylan Thomas’ greatest poem – in fact one of the greatest poems of all time – ‘Fern Hill‘.
It’s a copy of the lines exactly as they appear on Dylan’s memorial stone in Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea. The stone was put there in 1963 and paid for by Barabara Cohen and Marianne Roney who founded Caedmon Records, which owed much of its success to its recordings of the poet.
Words and images of Dylan feature very heavily on my website.
Thanks also to ‘Pierced Up’ of Park Row, Bristol, England – in my humble opinion the finest tattoo parlour in the city beyond doubt!
Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.
- Excerpt from “Fern Hill” by Dylan Thomas. Read the whole poem here.