Proved Wrong


Proved Wrong

No one knows what it costs to write like this

Sodden snow falling garbed deceptive white

Burying my dreams under some tardy spring, while

The dogs of winter raven and tear them all apart


No one knows what it feels to love like this

Cordoned off from some eye-sparkling stream

Caught in the dialed scum of circling emotions, the

Flotsam adultery’s anecdotes somehow set adrift


No one knows how to live a life that isn’t theirs

It just interloped, defining one obscure night

When passion fogged the windows of the heart, and

A simple blue-skinned satin fall turned fatal


Now Collins’ quatrains make their cursed descent

Into the dishabille of poetry in motion

I had subscribed and read his journal through, but

He never bothered to describe me once


Michener, though prosaic, made a poet’s point or two

About this violent, greedy land of ours

Still, he loaned me his key to Raffles, for

Investigating beachfronts as investments


Just in time so rising tides would prove me wrong

Too little, too late; even now I hear some prophetic wind

As it sings along earth’s slowing, tottered axis

Eerily, in harmony, with love’s fading epode fire

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rsalassi commented on Proved Wrong


The only occasion I accept cynicysm in others is when it is so beautiifully written in a well-crafted verse as this. Excellent.



And that is how the exception becomes the rule! Harv

gmcookie commented on Proved Wrong


Harver, Then there is the flip side. The thing to remember about life is that it is cyclical. I find sometimes, when I'm down, it helps to remind myself of that circle. When you're down its a good time to find a quiet place and escape into a book. Have you really been to Raffles? It's one of my favorite hotels. Expensive, of course, so I sometimes stay across the park at the Westin. If you like old hotels, you owe it to yourself to check out the Manila Hotel sometime. I think McArthur made it his headquarters for about 10 years or so after the WWII (during the Marshall Plan years). The elegance and courtesy found in those old hotels carries me back to a more civil time an to values long lost.



I know of Raffles only through the avenue of reading of the matter. You have had a wonderful access to world travel. Harv

wheelsal commented on Proved Wrong


Another tug at your depth. I need the dictionary to read you sometimes, but it is worth it. Love gone oft written theme and you made it sound new. Do we need another luncheon date?\ Sally



That would be fun. Again, just like fashion, one can take a theme and reinvent it. thanks for reading, Harv

Chaos128 commented on Proved Wrong


Ha ha Apparently the Muse saw fit to do more than visit you, on this occasion, and decided to possess you, outright. You sent me to the internet dictionary a couple of times with this one, and of what better purpose is art if not broaden the horizons of those it touches? As to being proved wrong? That's only true if you concede your point, and you, being the owner of it, can give it all the power points you want : )



There is a delicious ambiguity left, hopefully not too tediously so. Has the voice of expectations been right all along? But, something has been proved wrong. Harv

carynontherhine commented on Proved Wrong


Harver, I am unsure how to unravel this poem but it appears it may be his life that he is referring to. I love your style and how you bring forth the subject at hand to the point where I just plainly fall into it so deeply that coming out of is so unfair. A great poet only puts out great poems and this one has your signature on it. Loved the read. Hugz



This is one tightly wound ball of information. I admit. Perhaps we'll talk about it someday. Harv

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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