Runo uno

I hear the whispers 

of the shadows of the trees

Break out in lilting melody, 

soft sung on summer breeze;

‘Tis born along all quivering

by undulating leaves,

Until frost exacts its cost 

left scattered on the ground.


I speak the unleashed power

of penitential prayer

To search out sacred mysteries, 

long locked beyond somewhere;

I’ve touched the implied bliss

of freedom without care,

Yet there is a blest discovery 

beyond all that I have found.


Worlds of my creation, 

a somnulescent god,

Roads into eternity,

if only briefly trod;

Exist for me exclusively 

as I on my pillow nod,

Until the morning sun erases

all vestiges of dawn.


There the most alluring eyes

bid my own suffice,

There, the dream impossible’s

acquired in just a trice,

There all hopes of my heart’s hunger,

not just once or twice,

Has lavished me, has ravished me,

until I can’t go on.



The tears of my heart anhydrous

shout, “Such joy now cease!”

Who has known, and read what’s shown,

and grant to me release;

Who will hear when I thus call, 

heart seeking a new lease,

And in their answer, ransom me

with stormy kiss of peace?


Runo due

My days leak out too rapidly

from this half-spent life

I am diminished by time ill advised, 

irrevocably thus spent,

(My heartskin’s darkening crimson gleam

bright savaged by slow knife.)

Still, I can’t call back to keep intact

such corpus cruelly wrent.


The minutes, the minutes,

the dance of the hours

The full moons, the new moons,

the sun’s ledgered powers,

All suntanned and frost bit

to fingers and toes,

The best we can do

is ride time as it goes.


Il secundo

Shark’s teeth festooning Calvert’s clay banks

form somber cliffs of aged sorrow,

Death traces of hungry old faces

once smiled, aghast, at tomorrow;

Pale shells still echo their clattering query,

alitter, along tidal shore-

Will porpoise laughter successfully rescue 

before my breath catches no more?

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Olan01 commented on Whispers


You have a way with words, Harv; I started reading and could not stop. The flow, the rhyme and the rhythm are great and the meaning is outstanding. Olan.



Thanks so much, Olan01.

simoneaugustus commented on Whispers


There is not enough room for all of the comments I wish to share, so I will simply say that this has been added to my favorites!



I am truly honored. thank you form the heart.



Er, "from..."

SavVySam commented on Whispers


The chant like effect of that catchy seventh stanza is now lodged in my brain, and will no doubt keep the sandman at bay for a while! Oh yes...The rest of the piece is also pretty spectacular!



That stanza kinda ripped off my tongue and although it's a bit anomalus, I left it just as it was. Seems others like it, too.Thanks for your blog visit. I'll return the favor. HT

Hampton commented on Whispers


This piece is eloquently written and flows with the ease of a slow mountain water stream from beginning to end. I am envious of your command of the language.



The sword of command has two edges. Kinda like being the only kid in kindergarten with a box of 64 Crayolas when the other kids have 16. I'll share, if you'll let me. LOL HT

dahlusion commented on Whispers


"My days leak out too rapidly from this half-spent life". Brilliant line, wow!! And so many more rapped around perfectly constructed rhymes and metering. This is a Classic in its one time.



Why is it that a year isn't near so long at fifty as it was at fifteen? You paid me a complement stolen right next to flattery. but I'll never tell. LOL Thank you, HT

Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.

Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.

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