The Hole in the Floor

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The Hole in the Floor

"The Hole In

By:Richard Wilbur

The Floor"

Ryan Sutherland

The carpenter's made a holeIn the parlor floor, and I'm standingStaring down into it nowAt four o'clock in the evening,As Schliemann stood when his shovelKnocked on the crowns of Troy.A clean-cut sawdust sparklesOn the grey, shaggy laths,And here is a cluster of shavings>From the time when the floor was laid.They are silvery-gold, the colorOf Hesperian apple-parings.Kneeling, I look in underWhere the joists go into hiding.A pure street, faintly litteredWith bits and strokes of light,Enters the long darknessWhere its parallels will meet.The radiator-pipeRises in middle distanceLike a shuttered kiosk, standingWhere the only news is night.Here's it's not painted green,As it is in the visible world.For God's sake, what am I after?Some treasure, or tiny garden?Or that untrodden place,The house's very soul,Where time has stored our footbeatsAnd the long skein of our voices?Not these, but the buried strangenessWhich nourishes the known:That spring from which the floor-lampDrinks now a wilder bloom,Inflaming the damask love-seatAnd the whole dangerous room.

Born in New York City on March 1, 1921, Richard Wilbur studied at Amherst College before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later attended Harvard University.


When walking thought the feild of Harvard University Mr.Wilbur say an hole in the patch of grass and said too him self that we never relize the mysteries under neith use until we dig it back up

The Creation of the Poem

The whistler’sinhale,the white spacebetween isand notor after a question,a pause. Nothingisn’t song:a leaf hatchingfrom its green shell,frost whorlingacross a windshield,an open dooropening


Rebecca Lindenberg

"The Hole in the Floor" amd the "Ghostology" both in volve the mysterys of the worldand the mysterise door that has people find thier past and look back on to the unknown




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