] lights [ɪ] tingle [ʌ/ ʊ] would [ɒ] of [i:] be [əʊ] cold [e/ eə:] there

[ei] chains [ɜː] word [ʊə/ u/ u:] moon [æ] and [ɔː/ ɔɪ ] or


Fireside

Always there would be stories of lights

hovering by bushes or at the foot

of a meadow; maybe a goat with cold horns
pluming into the moon; a tingle of chains


on the midnight road, And then maybe
word would come round of that watery
art,
the lamping of fishes, and I'd be

mooning my flashlamp on the licked black pelt


of the stream, my left arm splayed to take

a heavy pour and run of the current

occluding the net. Was that the beam

buckling over an eddy or a gleam


of the fabulous? Steady the light

and come to your senses, they're saying good-night.