Dulce Domum Jack Harvey Poetry

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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’s poetry has appeared in Scrivener, The Comstock Review, Bay Area Poets’ Coalition, The University of Texas Review, The Piedmont Poetry Journal and a number of other on-line and in print poetry magazines over the years. The author has been a Pushcart nominee and over the years has been published in a few anthologies. 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.