Wedding the Locksmith's Daughter

Wedding the Locksmith's Daughter

The slow-grained slide to embed the blade
of the key is a sheathing,
a gliding on graphite, pushing inside
to find the ribs of the lock.

Sunk home, the true key slots to its matrix;
geared, tight-fitting, they turn
together, shooting the spring-lock,
throwing the bolt. Dactyls, iambics -

the clinch of words - the hidden couplings
in the cased machine. A chime of sound
on sound: the way the sung note snibs on meaning

and holds. The lines engage and marry now,
their bells are keeping time;
the church doors close and open underground.


from Slow Air (Picador, 2002), © Robin Robertson 2002, used by permission of the author and Macmillan Publishers

Where next?

Sponsor this poem

Would you like to sponsor this poem? Find out how here.

Recordings

Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson Downloads

1Aberdeen

£0.89

2New Gravity

£0.89

3The Flaying of Marsyas

£0.89

4Artichoke

£0.89

5Static

£0.89

6Five Views from the Camera Obscura

£0.89

7The Flowers of the Forest

£0.89

8Apart

£0.89

9The Long home

£0.89

10False Spring

£0.89

11The Thermal Image

£0.89

13Dream of the Huntress

£0.89

14Asterion and the God

£0.89

15Wedding the Locksmith's Daughter

£0.89

16Waves

£0.89

17Hide

£0.89

18Fall

£0.89

19The Park Drunk

£0.89

20Myth

No preview avaialable.£0.89

21At Dawn

£0.89

22What the Horses See at Night

£0.89

23The Death of Actaeon

£0.89

24Swimming in the Woods

£0.89

25Ghost of a Garden

£0.89

26Selkie

£0.89

27Wormwood

£0.89

28The Glair

£0.89

29Entropy

£0.89

30Entry

£0.89

31Strindberg in London

£0.89

32A Seagull Murmur

£0.89

33La Stanza delle Mosche

£0.89

34Lizard

£0.89

35Manifest

£0.89

36The Lake at Dusk

£0.89

37Crossing the Archipelago

£0.89

39Donegal

£0.89

40Holding Proteus

£0.89

12Tryst

£0.89

38Leavings

£0.89

Books by Robin Robertson