by Gideon Burton
If no one ever came again so near
these musty caves of limestone rock where drip-
by-drop-by-drip stalactites growing hide,
and pools of water mineraled and clear
keep blackly mute and still; and if no bats
in huddled dirty masses clenched the walls,
and if no crevices made homes for rats
or thirsty snails -- this silent tomb would call
to me to wander blind and feeling through
its passages, to pause and wait for one
more drop of liquid time to sound, or to
await the creep of crystals where they're hung.
Descend with me, in covert depths go down.
We’ll rest with time where timeless quiet drowns.
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