John Knight

Rookie (8 September 1933 / Liverpool - UK)

Harp Of Gold - Poem by John Knight

Almost Heaven a solo harp al fresco!
Britten and Handel and Hildreth the Clocks,
Timperley's Clock Museum in Colchester.
Lucy Waterford harpiste extraordinaire,
Why do all harpists look so angelic?
Did God create them or the instrument?

The beauty of the harp is in its sound,
The delicate resonance of the plucked string,
The absence of harmonic intrusion,
The purity of unhampered vibration.
It evokes, rustling leaves - gurgling streams,
Almost Heaven a solo harp al fresco!

Comments about Harp Of Gold by John Knight

  • Kay Staley (6/2/2015 4:47:00 PM)

    I like the line The absence of harmonic intrusion... Reading it makes you feel like something very important has been taken away, making the scene less complete. A nice vocabulary goes into this. Pulls off the harmony of the words without rhyme which is rare. Makes me wistfully start to think about the stream of consciousness that pops into my head when I read these lines... (Report) Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (6/2/2015 12:01:00 PM)

    no new poems in 4 yrs, john. I liked this one and hope you're ok (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (6/2/2015 10:05:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem which points out the beautiful music of the harp. There is no better music than that played on a harp by someone who really knows how to play. Well done indeed, John, and congratulations on Poem of the Day! (Report) Reply

  • John Richter (6/2/2015 7:19:00 AM)

    So true... I have always felt this way. There is something magical, most clean and pure about the harpist and her instrument... (Report) Reply

  • Kate Lechoe Kate Lechoe (6/2/2015 2:40:00 AM)

    The melodious harp music. It brings the emotions. This is such a lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kate Lechoe Kate Lechoe (6/2/2015 2:37:00 AM)

    The melodious harp music. It brings all the emotions indeed. This is such a lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (6/11/2010 4:52:00 PM)

    Almost Heaven a solo harp al fresco...flight fantastic…gallery of legendary musicians…

    ‘Did God create them or the instrument? ’…enigmatically elegant…to ooze blotted divinely poetic ministerial from celestial abode…Maestro…
    Ms. Nivedita
    10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Trinity Bella (12/1/2009 5:04:00 PM)

    Loevly. :)
    I liked it a lot.
    ur reeaally guld. :) (Report) Reply

  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (9/25/2009 1:30:00 AM)

    I agree with your description of the harps purity and how it evokes natures rustling and gurgling.I have just purchased a CD Celtic dreams where harp, flute and cello mingle like magic and harp
    is my favorite instrument as, it can put one in a heavenly trance. A beautiful poem John...
    10 love Karin (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm Fay Slimm (9/18/2009 8:11:00 PM)

    The thrust of the poem resonates like the harp - - there is no other instrument which sounds as much like 'almost heaven' as this to my ears John - - a fine trubute to both harp and harpists. Best wishes from Fay - - - 10 (Report) Reply

  • Georgia Girl (9/14/2009 8:39:00 AM)

    This is beautiful, the harp also seems to be the one instrument that goes hand in hand with poetry, to enhance the word, or even play the word...heavenly music..gorgeous write John, thank you..10 (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (9/14/2009 2:31:00 AM)

    Lyricism at its finest. You are in tune with the music
    of the spheres in this one. Golden notes that carry
    the reader away on wings of sound. Unforgettable,

    As always,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Philosophy of a DewyFlower (9/13/2009 5:37:00 AM)

    a beautiful description! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Jarvis Susan Jarvis (9/12/2009 5:18:00 PM)

    This superbly crafted poem captures the song of the harp in the lyrical echo of the words. The rhyme resonates throughout, and the repetition of the first and last line rise like a chorus in this melodious tribute to a truly heavenly instrument. This poem is a real pleasure to read. S :) (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/12/2009 12:26:00 PM)

    I love harp music..I've always wanted to learn to play! ! ! a ten.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 12, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, June 20, 2011

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