Figure C24 EARTHWORKS
Eastward next, into a chamber strange,
Filled with what seems a bulky mass of earth.
Only about its edges may we range,
A musty passage, narrow as a firth.
Its sides bear witness to what gave them birth:
Inverse relief of furniture and walls,
Devoured by termites: beasts of little worth
Consume, digest, transfigure wooden halls:
The daintiest of rooms, for them, but fodder stalls.