Poetry – Time and Sky

Time and Sky

Time and sky

But sadly not love

Maybe not even atoms.

Not light but heat.

Space and quarks

But not dreams.

Some things are forever.

Opher – 20.4.2020

Does infinity exist?

If so – what things are infinite? I like to think that my dreams are infinite.

Poetry – Time if you please!

Time if you please!

The stars will follow on their course –

Rushing towards infinity.

The galaxies swirl and planets spin

Towards eternity.

Atoms whirl and molecules jiggle

As matter is heated and substances wiggle

And we are caught somewhere in the middle.

The arc of the sun our only hint

Of the massive speed of space.

The heat of metal searing our flesh

Our impression of atomic pace.

Our perception is caught between time;

Trapped between worlds,

As the macro and micro play out their game

And fast and slow unfolds.

Opher 25.5.2019

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that we are stuck between a macrocosm of immense size and speeds and the jiggling around of atoms. We see little of either – yet they are the reality.

As the sun performs its slow arc it is hard to imagine that it is really us spinning at 1000 MPH while both of us are careering along at hundreds of thousands of miles per hour!

When that metal burns us it is the result of the unseen jiggling of atoms.

I feel we are stranded in an unreality.

Is it all just a perception of time?

What we need is a Roy Harper Day!!! Well I do anyway!!

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What with Brexit looming, 1200 more bureaucrats being employed to deal with the mess, the uncertainties for the economy, the effect on relationships with Europe, the threat of thousands of financial services going abroad, the effects on the environment, human rights laws, worker’s rights, future trade agreements, further austerity, effects on trade, effects on public services…………….. it looks a mess.

I certainly don’t like the tone and harmful policies of this exceedingly right-wing government. Cameron was bad enough.

Then there’s the NHS and Schools.

On top of that we have Trump and the division and hatred being stirred up there!

I need something to stop me pessimistically staring into the black hole of the future! I need a dose of Roy Harper pouring vitriol on the establishment and gushing the most beautiful crafted love songs!

As I am still reeling from my house move I shall dig out a few of my favourites from the past.

But for now here is the most beautiful love song: Forever! (from the first album)

Don’t you think we’re Forever?

We’re just spinning leaves
In the flight of a dawn
, little girl
Falling through an eternal horizon of time
But as we lie here I’d like to think
That all we’ve got will be ours forever
Don’t you think we’re forever
Don’t you think we’re forever


I can hear a voice
On the wings of a dream, little girl

Melting me into love as it touches my heart
But sheltered in the distance of your sleep
Is all that I could love in a lifetime
Don’t you think we’re forever
Don’t you think we’re forever

Open your eyes
To the call of the winds, little girl
Can’t you here them all saying I’ll always be yours
Lying in the misty morning sun
The pillow of the night still beneath you
Don’t you think we’re forever
Don’t you think we’re forever

 

Roy Harper – Forever – Exquisite love song.

I prefer the original version on Roy’s first album – Sophisticated Beggar. It is a beautiful, haunting love song – so delicate and sweet – a real contrast to the more strident beasts of social comment that he is famous for.

There are a lot of strings to the Roy Harper bow – social, humour, instrumental, poetic, political, love, epic, antireligious and scientific to name but a few. This is an example of his more poetic love song.

He sang this for me and Liz in Kingston back in 1971. Memorable!

We’re just spinning leaves
In the flight of a dawn
, little girl
Falling through an eternal horizon of time
But as we lie here I’d like to think
That all we’ve got will be ours forever
Don’t you think we’re forever
Don’t you think we’re forever


I can hear a voice
On the wings of a dream, little girl

Melting me into love as it touches my heart
But sheltered in the distance of your sleep
Is all that I could love in a lifetime
Don’t you think we’re forever
Don’t you think we’re forever

Open your eyes
To the call of the winds, little girl
Can’t you here them all saying I’ll always be yours
Lying in the misty morning sun
The pillow of the night still beneath you
Don’t you think we’re forever
Don’t you think we’re forever

Roy Harper – Forever – the most beautiful love song

This was a very early love song. Roy isn’t all vitriol and caustic social comment. He writes the most beautiful love songs too.

This one appeared on his first album – Sophisticated Beggar, and was rerecorded for the Valentine album.

It is a delicate beauty showing his great finger-picking style and use of harmonics. The words are absolutely brilliant. A great poem put to music.

Roy sang this for me and Liz in 1970 in Kingston at a gig in the pub there. I remember it well.

Forever – Roy Harper

We’re just spinning leaves
In the flight of dawn
Little girl
Falling through an eternal horizon of time
But I’d like to think as we lie
That all we’ve got will be ours forever
Don’t you think we’re forever
I can hear a voice
On the wings of my dream
Little girl
Melting me into love as it touches my heart
But sheltered in the distance of your sleep
Is all that I could love in a lifetime
Don’t you think we’re forever

Open your eyes
To the call of the winds
Little girl
Can’t you here them all saying I’ll always be yours
Lying in the misty morning sun
The pillow of the night still beneath you
Don’t you think we’re forever

I’m loving this new discovery of these films of five songs from 1969/70. It’s a little restrained but great to see.

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Happy Reading!!

Roy Harper – Forever – the most beautiful love song ever written.

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I prefer the first version of this on the first album, simply recorded live in a make-shift studio. It captures the heart and essence.

It is the most incredible evocation of the love that burns and you think will be there for eternity as the endorphins soar.

You can picture two young people together, in love and dreaming of being in that moment for the rest of time and a day.

Sadly that was not to be. Moments pass. But the beauty of that moment was captured in this gem. We can hold it and watch it sparkle. It radiates the emotions that were captured and locked inside the words.

Forever

We’re just spinning leaves
In the flight of a dawn
, little girl
Falling through an eternal horizon of time
But as we lie here I’d like to think
That all we’ve got will be ours forever
Don’t you think we’re forever
Don’t you think we’re forever

 I can hear a voice

On the wings of a dream, little girl

Melting me into love as it touches my heart
But sheltered in the distance of your sleep
Is all that I could love in a lifetime
Don’t you think we’re forever
Don’t you think we’re forever

Open your eyes
To the call of the winds, little girl
Can’t you here them all saying I’ll always be yours
Lying in the misty morning sun
The pillow of the night still beneath you
Don’t you think we’re forever
Don’t you think we’re forever