The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower Text of the Poem
by Dylan Thomas

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(Poetry for Students)

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.                                  5

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.                 10  

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.                15

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.                       20
         
And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.