Gwen Harwood

(8 June 1920 – 4 December 1995 / Taringa, Queensland)

'Thought Is Surrounded By A Halo' - Poem by Gwen Harwood

Show me the order of the world,
the hard-edge light of this-is-so
prior to all experience
and common to both world and thought,
no model, but the truth itself.

Language is not a perfect game,
and if it were, how could we play?
The world's more than the sum of things
like moon, sky, centre, body, bed,
as all the singing masters know.

Picture two lovers side by side
who sleep and dream and wake to hold
the real and imagined world
body by body, word by word
in the wild halo of their thought.


Comments about 'Thought Is Surrounded By A Halo' by Gwen Harwood

  • Khairul Ahsan (11/28/2018 8:34:00 PM)

    'The world's more than the sum of things
    like moon, sky, centre, body, bed,
    as all the singing masters know.' - Wonderful! A great message of truth in just three lines!
    The last stanza epitomizes the beauty of the poem, particularly the last line.
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  • Rajnish Manga (11/28/2018 12:46:00 AM)

    Exquisitely beautiful portrayal of a lover's sentiments- real as well imagined. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/27/2018 1:45:00 PM)

    Side by side! ! !

    Muse of love and life.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Glen Kappy (11/27/2018 6:59:00 AM)

    to me this is an interesting statement about the real and the words we use to summon the real. the image of the two lovers in the last stanza is an excellent one for the intimacy it suggests as well as the part thought plays in that intimacy and the attraction that leads to it. -gk (Report)Reply

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  • (11/27/2018 2:35:00 AM)

    A vey fine poem. congrats for POD (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (11/27/2018 2:34:00 AM)

    celestial sphere or stellar orbs grasps all thinking
    on variations color, shape and margin......
    through thick and thin, depth and superficial...../// lovely poem
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/27/2018 2:25:00 AM)

    Highly imaginative poem nicely executed. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/27/2018 12:35:00 AM)

    Such a wonderful poem by Gwen Harwood............... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 20, 2012



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