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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1946

"Grey Veiled the House"

page 6

"Grey Veiled the House"

Grey-veiled, the house,
eating its secret within itself.
On the doorstep squats Delilah
throwing sultry flowers
into the gutter:
petals raped and swamp-green leaves
eking out their ultimate drugged time,
to be snatched,
finger-tipped and thrown in the soothing stream
away to the dreg-end.
And where no gutter is,
no flowers are thrown.

Through the moss-sodden door chinking,
strips of light sharpen the dark,
probe with their fingers
upon the wall, rickety with bare pictures,
cut across the boarded floor, littered with glass
and dead candle-ends.
Effulgent in its darkness
splendor straddles the dust;
surgent, murmurs the death-prayer of the withered light
within the grey house.

G. H. Datson