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

'Thought Is Surrounded By A Halo'

Rating: 4.8


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 OF THE POEM
Glen Kappy 27 November 2018

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

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Metatron 18 November 2020

I dont agree with this interpretation and quite frankly i think it is stupid

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Han Sen 18 November 2020

This poem is really deep. I fed chocolate to my dog accidentally

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Dr Antony Theodore 27 May 2020

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, in the wild halo of tought. tony

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Han Sen 18 November 2020

I actually cannot deal with you anymore tony brahmin. Your interpretations are terrible. I fed chocolate to my dog after reading what you had to say about Thought is Surrounded by a Halo

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Tony''s Wife 18 November 2020

What are you doing on this website tony! ! ! ! who is this woman gwen! ! ! ! !

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Khairul Ahsan 28 November 2018

'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 28 November 2018

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

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Stephen 18 November 2020

thats a stupid interpretation

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Edward Kofi Louis 27 November 2018

Side by side! ! ! Muse of love and life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Gwen Harwood

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Taringa, Queensland
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