Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Michael Palmer


(Sarah's third song)

"I said darkling and you said sparkling"
The play-house appears before us

as a real house in the dark
filled with people cut out

of magazines and postcards
and called real people at the start

Why is the curtain partly drawn
and why does the stair turn

to the left as you climb
and the right going down

Here all day it's midwinter night
and the musicians will continue to play

in the music room
and sleep will never come

This is lesson three
where the fiddler is made real

by the sounds she hears
pouring from her fingers

© 1987 Michael Palmer