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Bicker's Cottage, Ringstead

by Frances Cornford

Companionable ticking of the clock;
Collapsing of the coal;
The chair-legs warm;
Tobacco in a bowl;
The door sealed up;
The sooted kettle's hiss;
The fire-lit loaf; the cocoa-tin; the cup;
Outside, the unplumbed night and pattering storm.

At such an hour as this
A ghost might knock,
Lacking unearthly comfort in its soul.


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