This poem is taken from Stand 223, 17(3) September - November 2019.

Sally Festing Two Poems
The Cabinet-Maker

Charles wants walnut burl, ebony for contrast;
establishing this, he turns to a new sheet
of his pocket sketchbook. His pencil moves fast.
Does his breath catch? Heartwood – a treat
of knots, mottled, rippled, and stained
to gold embroidery.

His table with two thickslab legs braves the ‘Twenties’,
shaved and planed, everything stamped
with precision and progress. Already he dares
to dream how this beautiful thing will amplify
his dining room. Its black echoes in the carpet
he’ll design, and in his twin sideboard. The spirit

of Bath will be reborn. He wants
to discover what he doesn’t know,
wants his inwardness to flow clear
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