Playing the Harp #poetry


harp music

meld rosewood and sinew to one

harp knowing each caress

 stroke fire into song

 fingers, loving press

practice lasting long

 night melody persists

 moonlit arias never gone

 pause for noted rest 

crescendo dance with dawn

musician and instrument one


Tension in the strings

notes crash against the shore

concentric circles


Today’s prompt at Poet’s United is Marriage. How many know of  the beauty  (and tension) of marriage?

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet




23 thoughts on “Playing the Harp #poetry

  1. How insightful to have the harp/nature photo with this poem that depicts a relationship–a marriage–between music we play and the music nature emits. I love the rest, the tension, the concentric circles and all the images of touch and sound.


  2. Beautiful.. ❤ ❤ ❤ especially love "stroke fire into song fingers, loving press practice lasting long,night melody persists,moonlit arias never gone." Gorgeous write 🙂

    Lots of love,


  3. What a wonderful analogy..I could visualise someone playing and see the circles their fingers make almost – gently encouraging the song into being…mutual respect, contact and space which creates a lovely sound


  4. Such softness, such strength. A fine image Moonie; these gentle fingers create.
    __Here, this inspired thought, Chamber Music comes to mind. _m

    harp songs
    with harmonic recorders
    soft quintet


      1. __Nifty Moonie! I rarely consider -poet- as a likely -adjective- that ‘says of me’, but my response does fit within your first line here , “poets inspire poets”. Ahhh, those echoes. smiles_!

        these gentile fingers create



  5. Beautiful poem– thy magic notes are swelling.:-) ….Love the crisp haiku too! Gibran’s quote “And stand together, yet not too near together: ..” is a great inspiration on marriage ..!!


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