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First Line: Pain gnaws at my heart like a rat that gnaws at a beam
Last Line: He stirs the dust where the feet of my dreams had passed.
Subject(s): Pain; Rats; Suffering; Misery


Pain gnaws at my heart like a rat that gnaws at a beam
In the dusty dark of a ghost-frequented house;
And I dream of the days forgotten, of love the dream,
The desire of her eyes unappeased, and the peace of her brows.

I can hear the old rat gnaw in the dark by night,
In the deep overshadowing dust that the years have cast;
He gnaws at my heart that is empty of all delight,
He stirs the dust where the feet of my dreams had passed.





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