The Percussion Version
by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Music is why we live inside
these foursquare rooms, why we gather
to listen to the scrabbling and the sound-test,
the way the splash cymbal explores the limits,
vibrating against the glass, and the bell-note
Rings and rises like a cloud into the ceiling.
From outside the house how different: I paused
beside the door and all I could hear
was a chair scraping into silence
and presently a soft step climbing,
a sigh from the upper floor, at which
in the room below something knocked just once
and the well in the back yard answered
with a bass vibrating groan.