The Finger Puppets in the Attic Dollhouse

1If they, more petite
2  than the mice whose flittings
3    have pillaged their robes' sparkled trim,
4stood tiptoe
5  on the plumped felt tops
6    of their thimble-sized footstools
7to scrutinize
8  the worn fabric
9    of this room's blue distances,
10would they locate
11  the source of lightning bolts
12    in our faces' wrinkled pleats
13and construe the stars'
14  dance from the tattered
15    embroidery of our steps,
16or find in our seamless
17  unravelling years
18    the tissue of apocalypse?
Publication Notes: 
Mining for Sun (London, Ontario: Brick Books, 2000): 25.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire