[ɪ] swinging [ʌ/ ʊ] some [i:] he [əʊ] snow [e/ eə:] end

[ei] trail [ɜː] world [au] out* [æ] black [ɔː/ ɔɪ ] whore*


Servant Boy

He is wintering out

the back-end of a bad year,
swinging a hurricane-lamp
through
some outhouse;


a jobber among shadows.
Old work-whore, slave­
blood, who stepped fair-hills
under each bidder's eye


and kept your patience
and
your counsel, how
you
draw me into

your trail. Your trail


broken from haggard to stable,
a
straggle of fodder

stiffened on snow,

comes first-footing


the back doors of the little
barons: resentful

and impenitent,

carrying the warm eggs.