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The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower -- Dylan Thomas

(Poem #58) 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.
-- Dylan Thomas
Few poets manage to be simultaneously as lyrical and as powerful as Dylan
Thomas. The poem above is a perfect example - images are stark, yet with a
compelling beauty that both attracts and chills the reader. This poem did
take me a while to appreciate, but it is definitely one of those that
improve with rereading. The insistent rhythm, the reinforcing of images and
the repetitive construction all combine to stick it in the reader's mind, in
a manner characteristic of Thomas.

Note, in passing, the thematic similarity to 'Do Not Go Gentle'.


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