Broken Strings

for J.

The instruments left hanging in the hall,
untouched for years, were once given to see
a flame within a shivering heart: but see
also the dust that sheathes all in this hall,

and know that such a story, never told,
must needs be true, and if these songs were sung
in ages long gone by they too were sung
to try to melt a heart love never told:

thus since that heart was never caused to dance,
so have those memories of moments gone,
and in recalling one old waltz they dance
a mist that long has cleared and gone.

If time were slow to leave they could have stayed –
but from this nothing they could not have strayed.

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