David Harris

(18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

In Quiet Moments


When memories invade your thoughts,
in the quiet moments,
with laughter, tears, fears and pain.
Of promises we made so long ago,
and that were never kept,
of friends we had, now gone,
and dreams that were now lost in time,
of the pedestals on which we sat,
like some uncrowned king,
in the kingdoms of our own blindness,
or of the strangers like passing shadows
that disappear into nights black gown.
We are but mortals, in search of immortality.
We know not what lies behind the last door,
only of our struggles, we relive repeatedly,
with hope that will give us comfort
in the abyss of sleep.


20 February 1991

Submitted: Thursday, August 16, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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  • Duncan Wyllie (12/22/2007 7:13:00 AM)

    I think that it is all in the moment David, but I do also see something beautiful on the horizon..a resting place of peace and absolute bliss
    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Sid John Gardner. (8/20/2007 5:23:00 PM)

    Great work here David. But....I like your light hearted ones best.Grim reaper has just appeared at the top of the street.
    Best wishes,
    Sid John. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew mark Wilkinson (8/17/2007 10:00:00 AM)

    So Many sad poems at the moment David... So many thoughts of times gone by, the older we get the more often we look behind... (Report) Reply

  • Marci Made (8/16/2007 6:40:00 PM)

    wonderful metaphors in this sad but very beautiful poem... Chidren grow, than they go, friends can often leave you alone and that is when we must dig deep clinging to any speck of memory that we can keep.............Two great poems by you, again! ! ! ! ! ~~~m. xo :) ~~~ (Report) Reply

  • Francesca Johnson (8/16/2007 6:26:00 PM)

    I like this one, too, David. Thanks for bringing it back to life. It's sorrowful but tells the true story of our journey through life, of those friends who have come and gone and yes, the promises we didn't keep.

    Love, Fran xxx (Report) Reply

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