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1 October 2013
 
While the Drood's away
Hugh Featherstone waits for the slow train.
 
Sofia Central

Since last summer there have been
Brahms, Grieg and Sondheim played between
announcements from the rattling screen
of digital departures

The couple move as in a dream
oblivious to the world, they seem
to dance like angels down a beam
of dusty sunlit arches

The empty concourse holds them near
the edge, too vast the surface clear
no other dancers jostle here
their gaze is shy and artless

She loves him and there is no doubt
he loves her too, they float about
a foot above the floor, devout
is vice when it is virtuous

And not a single person there
but does not in their idyll share
and feel within his heart aware
true joy is beyond purchase

And all the romance of the rail
once lost behind the cold-war veil
returns to light this gentle tale
a late composer nurtures

For since last summer you may hear
Bach, Strauss and Gershwin ringing clear
despite the rush, the dust and drear
the world may yet be courteous



From Bird under water, a selection of poems by Hugh Featherstone

© Hugh Featherstone


Another poem from this selection will appear next time the Drood's away.

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