The house is silent, sad and dim,
And I am not allowed within.
Yet how I know each floorboards creak,
Each stairs own crack, each doors own squeak.
The house is silent, sad and dark.
Where lights once blazed, not one small spark.
And halls I used to wander through
Are bare and cold and lonely, too.
So look no more, just turn away,
The house is dark, you may not stay!
– From “Piper’s Song, A Book of Poems”
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