Tuesday, 24 June 2008

dylan thomas

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

The force that drives the water through the rocks
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.

The hand that whirls the water in the pool
Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
Hauls my shroud sail.
And I am dumb to tell the hanging man
How of my clay is made the hangman's lime.

The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.
And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.

And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.

3 comments:

mmoneypennyinternational said...

i had a collection of dylan thomas for ages and it's only a little while ago that i picked it up and was all like 'damn, what took me so long?'

Dave King said...

This really is one of my all time favourites. It is always a joy when it pops up unexpectedly. Thanks.

swiss said...

no worries! i'm sure there's others i could've picked but this is one of the two that leap to mind when i think of thomas