To Shade and Knit Anew
the Patch of Words

A Cento

In the torrent salmon sun
the mouth of time sucked, like a sponge,
wind in me leaped, the hellborn dew
tread like a naked Venus
through salt and root and roe.

With doom in the bulb, spring unravels,
greenwood dying as deer fall in their tracks.

We in our Eden knew the secret guardian –
no tell-tale lover has an end more certain,
dumbly and divinely stumbling,
for half of love was planted in the lost
worm in the scalp. Now at my sheet

goes the same crooked worm,
how light sleeping in this soily star.

It shall be said that gods are stone.

Mary Bast, 2014

Remixed works:
Various from The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas

Head Brass by Owl-Light on the Farm

The Thomas Brothers

There was Dai Puw. He was no good.
They put him in the fields to dock swedes,
And altarwise by owl-light in the half-way house
The gentleman lay graveward with his furies.

There was Llew Puw, and he was no good.
Every evening after the ploughing
With the big tractor he would sit in his chair,
Opening his slow lips like a snail.
And, from his fork, a dog among the fairies.

There was Huw Puw, too. What shall I say?
Old cock from nowheres and the heaven’s egg,
Hatched from the windy salvage on one leg,
I have heard him whistling in the hedges
On and on. In France they killed him,
back in March, the very night of the blizzard, too.

Seth Crook, 2014

Remixed works:
On the Farm, by R.S. Thomas
Altarwise by Owl-Light, by Dylan Thomas
As the Team’s Head Brass, by Edward Thomas

The Force That
like a Red, Red Rose

Rabbie and Dylan

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower

like a red, red rose
that’s newly sprung in June;

that blasts the roots of trees

is like the melodie
that’s sweetly play’d in tune.

The force that drives the water through the rocks

till a’ the seas gang dry:
till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,

is like the hand that whirls the water in the pool.

Seth Crook, 2014

Remixed works:
A Red, Red Rose, by Robert Burns
The Force that through the Green Fuse, by Dylan Thomas