A story based on the poem “Lament” by Dylan Thomas.
Thomas divides a man’s life into five parts; each of which is depicted by the refrain: SIGHS THE OLD RAM ROD DYING OF : WOMEN; BITCHES; WELCOME; DOWNFALL AND FINALLY STRANGERS. In other words, he is separating a man’s life into his five phases of virility by the obvious use of the words; RAM ROD.
Using those five phases, I have tried to create a story about what the person might have been like and the forces that may have formed his feelings and thoughts.
Also included is the actual poem in the event a reader might not be familiar with Thomas or his poem.