David Lewiston Sharpe

Rookie (November 11th 1976 / Oxford, England)

Biography of David Lewiston Sharpe

David has been writing poetry for over fifteen years and has been working primarily on an open-ended sonnet sequence since early 1999. This work began as a response to two journeys through Egypt, with the 'Fifteen Theban Sonnets', and has continued with themes of history and inner psychological transformations; memory and time are common refrains in this sequence. He is also engaged on a long terza rima poem that is planned to run to twenty-one cantos. He is primarily a musical composer, having had his Piano Concerto premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, UK.

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At The City Gates

No war-machine or ram, nor Jericho-shouts and blasts
Will bring these city gates and walls to crumble down;
Though yet, says time, no proud eternal city lasts.

What war, how many armies, will cause to tumble down
These firm defensive walls? I’ve sent them all to die
It seems – a sad achievement’s humble crown,

Too quickly won. Not heard without, the voices cry –