This Bread I Break

This bread I break was once the oat
this wine upon a foreign tree
plunged in its fruit;
man in the day or wind at night
laid the crops low, broke the grape’s joy.

Once in this wind the summer blood
knocked in the flesh that decked the vine,
once in this bread
the oat was merry in the wind;
man broke the sun, pulled the wind down.

This flesh you break, this blood you let
make desolation in the vein,
were oat and grape
born of the same sweet soil and sap.
My wine you drink. my bread you break.

Dylan Thomas


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