This year marks the centenary of the birth of wonderful poet and playwright, Dylan Thomas. Several months ago, I discovered a new poem by him called Being But Men. Astonishingly, Thomas never rated this poem highly himself and declined to have it included in his first anthology of poems in the 1950’s. For me, Being But Men is an anthem to childhood and encapsulates why I cherish working with children; because young people have retained those magical elements of curiosity and fearlessness that fades as we grow older.
I love this poem on many levels, but at its core, it is an invitation to celebrate and harness the unique creative energies that children possess. Here it is: