Dulce Domum Jack Harvey Poetry

local_library Dulce Domum

by Jack Harvey

Published in Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

You can’t hide your hideway

when beggars come calling;

every haven has its day,

every port and refuge;

the cold tomorrows

come out of the distance

like icebergs,

unstable as emperors,

demanding as children


and food for thought

feeds no one.

Your secret place, your kingly manse?

Don’t board up all the doors,

your earthly paradise

has a few snakes inside


and minstrels and other rabble

wait outside

to knock down all.


You alone unhidden

unbidden stand

prominent as a sequoia,

Simon of the stele.

Revelation is God’s alone;

hidden in the deep,

his submarine love

discovers all secret places;

you are naked as

a jaybird in his sight.


So cast it all away,

armed in your own flesh

go voyaging.

Surrender is a place

impregnable and portable

as heaven.




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Jack D. Harvey 14 Greenleaf Drive Delmar, N.Y. 12054 jharvey@nycap.rr.com jdh938@hotmail.com 518-928-1291 Dear Editor: Attached are five poems for your consideration for Pif Magazine Jack D. Harvey’s poetry has appeared in Scrivener, Mind In Motion, Slow Dancer, The Antioch Review, Bay Area Poets’ Coalition, The University of Texas Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Piedmont Journal of Poetry and a number of other on-line and in print poetry magazines over the years, many of which are probably kaput by now, given the high mortality rate of poetry magazines. The author has been writing poetry since he was sixteen and lives in a small town near Albany, N.Y. He was born and worked in upstate New York. He is retired from doing whatever he was doing before he retired. He once owned a cat that could whistle "Sweet Adeline," use a knife and fork and killed a postman. Your time and attention are much appreciated and the author looks forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Jack D. Harvey