Hugh Sykes Davies

Here you will find the Poem Music in an Empty House of poet Hugh Sykes Davies

Music in an Empty House

The house was empty and
      the people of the house
      gone many months

Months for the weevil
      for the patient worm
      timber-mole softly tunnelling
      for the parliament of rats

Footsteps slink past
      damp walls

Slow feet
      warily scuff
      bare boards
The much-bitten

In a certain curtain'd room
      the halting steps evade
      chairs white shrouded

To twitch the winding-sheet
      around a grand piano
      thin phalanx of sound
      sharp rat's teeth edge yellow
      with decay

The much-bitten

On rat's teeth-edge
      fingers preparate

Then falling send
  as tenantry
    darnp-muffied chords
      rusting strings
  a still-born song

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