Sunday, April 10, 2011

stars born of the same sky (Dec 4)

(i) These words are not to hurt you,
to mislead or confuse
They were written in the stars tonight
for my favourite muse.

(ii) I've felt the space between sun & star
seen snow fall on sandy beach
Know so little to have come so far
Your sweet eclipse just out of reach.

(iii) My life it is an open book
when I am with you I have nothing to hide
You touch my heart, steal it to a secret place
where the sun & moon collide.

(iv) And as the cells of this
borrowed cornea slowly die
the constellations, one by one,
they fade from view
May delight & desire
set your star on fire
for my love is blind but true.

(v) And in different beds
we may both lie
But I feel we may be...


(c) Brent M Harpur, 4th Dec 2010.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." (Anais Nin)

"I wrote this poem late last year, and it really did come from the deepest constellation in my heart. I am now attempting to put a tune to it,  so I can play it on the ukelele or piano. And the woman I wrote it for still makes my heart flutter, every time she smiles in my general direction. My life will never be the same again..." (Brent Harpur, 11 April 2011.)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

dancing star (i) glasgow winter

today I saw a young woman
struggling with a suitcase
on the train.

dancing star,
near or far,
just remember that 
wherever you are:

you are filled with courage
and fire
I am so, so proud of you, girl.

try not to be angry.
learn to channel that anger
into your art

your dancing peers
are not always your best friends
or housemates

make new friends
with different kinds of creatives,
they'll inspire and nurture you
in ways
you never dreamt

(and they'll share their chocolate & music with you)

and I,
I who have nothing of great value,
all I have to offer you 
from this tyranny of distance
are these tiny few words...

when you have to venture out
into this overlong,
harsh glasgow winter
hold these words
tightly in your hands!!

may their warmth
gently tickle & burn
within your palms,
ignite embers in your heart,
& your wings

and your feet

may they light your path,
take the edge off these seasonal chills,
melt the snow and anger away.

close your eyes for a moment,
and you'll see
a flicker of blue flame
behind your lids
feel its glow,
be filled with wonder,
birdsong & my

and it bears repeating:

(never, ever forget that)

(c) Brent M Harpur, 2011.

- For VK

"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." (robert louis stevenson)


It is going to be
really hard
to look behind me,
when the view is still


(c) Brent M Harpur, 2011.

"It is okay to look at the past, but don't stare." (anon.)