Saturday, July 30, 2011

stars & bars & the answer to life, the universe & everything...

Oh to find some
love or joy in this world
is never that simple
But last night (in a bar in Fitzroy)
I met a girl like me
who had a missing dimple.

She immediately struck me
about the head like a gold brick!

(apologies, Douglas)

It has been a while
since I have made a connection
with such a kindred heart;
Maybe it was
just the mutual appreciation
of Mr. Adams,
or a love for teaching art?

Whatever it was,
amongst the smokers' glittering stars
she was a breath of fresh air,
with her beautiful soul, smile & mind;
Removing my wooly glove
I took her hand, leading her outside
& for a moment I was no longer blind.

I hope I bump into her again,
feast on a few more precious words;
hear & see the constellations
spilling from her genuine
smiling eyes...
If only it is
just to thank her for briefly
filling my night
with some Douglas-like
wonder, humour & surprise!

A parting hug in Brunswick Street
& she was gone.
I wandered lost but homeward bound;
With the feeling Arthur Dent must have felt
when he first met a girl
whose feet never touched the ground.

(it seems silly to mention it now,
but before we even started talking
about the genius of Douglas Adams,
I wanted to tell her
that she somehow reminded me
of Trillian...

Not the TV
or radioplay
or film version.

How I imagined she would look,
all those years ago
when I first read the book...)
This morning
I lie here, more than a little wrecked,
(il communicado)
a babel fish slipping
from my ear into my bed;
I am delighted to discover
that I can still see her
"answer to life, the universe & everything"
smile blazing
in the expanding universe
within my head.

You were right, Douglas!
It REALLY is...


-for Corinne :)

(c) Brent M Harpur, 2011.

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." (Douglas Adams)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

when choosing totems...

A warning:
When choosing totems...

I (foolishly) let my heart decide
that every time
I saw a magpie,
I would spare a thought
in my heart
for you.

But I've only
been out for half an hour today,
and I've already seen
ten of the little buggers!!

There are a lot of
bloody magpies
in Victoria,
this time of year...

And you,
should be advised
and take heed:

There are
of butterflies
in this world.

(c)Brent M Harpur, 2011.

"Love,as is told by the seers of old, Comes as a butterfly tipped with gold, Flutters & flies in sunlit skies, Weaving round hearts that were one time cold."

Thursday, July 7, 2011

nothing of great value...

It is true,
I have nothing.
Nothing of great value
to offer this world...

So I will leave a trail of words.

Or perhaps
(since I met you)
one word will suffice.

These words were born
from the first time we kissed,
held hands
or walked arm in arm in public.

These words came from a place
where your hand
gently touched my face
as I moved inside you.

Starlight burns
in this fading cornea now,
igniting the room
from the inside out!!

I am born again,
from angry (yet fragile) fire
& trembling crescent moon.

Inside this slight frame,
(away from earthly view)
there is a heaven in these words.

And in this heaven, I have created:

Orion & Sirius are side by side.

There is only love & no fear.

scorpions are loyal
& the best of friends.

And in these words,
there is a place where the secret un-uttered
language of lovers
effortlessly merges
with early morning birdsong
& crackle of tram spark.

I am alone now,
but I do not feel alone.

You are still with me:

In every step.
In every dream.
In every smile from a stranger
on public transport.

And since I met you:

Whenever I now
open my mouth to speak,
I will think first.
Think first and then
Let go of most of my clumsy vocabulary.

These words, they no longer matter.
I can say so much more
without speaking.

I discard the world's dictionaries,
and find true language & meaning
in silence.

The only word I will utter now
(with any
or necessity)


(c)Brent M Harpur, 2011.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." (Kahlil Gibran)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

new city, new moon, new beginning...

A new moon
smiles overhead.

The stars have fallen
from fedora-grey skies
and scatter
along these strangely familiar
rain-stained alleyways
& streets...

...Leading him on,
though his vision be blurred,
leading him ever on;

these grounded
(yet still shining) constellations
a reminder to this wary
(but happy) traveler
that he has
(after forty two long/short years)
found his way home.

It is
a new city,
a new moon
a new beginning;

It is a time to shine,
girls & boys!

A time to shine!!

(c) Brent M Harpur, 26 July, 2011.

"Follow your bliss & the universe will open doors
for you where there were only walls...” (Joseph Campbell)

-thanks to Sam for the quote. I have always loved Mr. Campbell.