Jungle Out There – Kyp Harness

 

 

The Sea Monster – Kyp Harness

 

 

***~~~~~THE SEA MONSTER~~~~~****

The days are so frightening
My dreams are full of lightning
I just got back from fighting
In the war

My very kind companions
Left me shell-shocked and abandoned
When all that love and understanding
Went out the door

Come on mama, save me
Come tell me I’m not crazy
When I say I’m seein’ sights that amaze
I’ve never seen before

As we stood with hopes subsidin’
And we looked to the horizon
The ol’ sea monster was risin’
From the ocean floor

We started out believin’
That the deal was square and even
Before charity and reason
Went by the side

In the battle clash of visions
Hollow greed and cheap ambition
Left each one in the prison
Of their mind

Come on mama hold me
I remember what you told me
All about the people blind and lonely
Livin’ in a diamond mine

As our hearts were torn with pity
We looked to the town and to the city
And saw the ol’ sea monster swiftly
Risin’ from the other side

There were strategies and ruses
False concern and bad excuses
There were banners, flags and nooses
Flyin’ in the wind

We were distracted and sedated
All our sins were elevated
And all that could have saved us
Was trampled in the sand

Come on mama, love me
With your love so far above me
Come flirt and turtledove me
To the end

As we try to find the sacred
And the courage to stay naked
As the ol’ sea monster comes shakin’,
Steppin’ to the shore again

 

© 2018 Kyp Harness

Interviews about “River – Songs from the Poetry of Allison Grayhurst” and three poems

A Little Bit of Magic: That’s what happens when a singer/songwriter and a poet team up

 

Links to poems:

https://allisongrayhurst.com/2013/05/23/river-2/

https://allisongrayhurst.com/2014/02/06/10365/

https://allisongrayhurst.com/2013/12/01/animal-sanctuary/

 

The Album:

River – Songs from the poetry of Allison Grayhurst

https://dianebarbarash.bandcamp.com/

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/dianebarbarash3

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/river-songs-from-the-poetry-of-allison-grayhurst/id1293420648

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0766X9LDJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507310524&sr=8-1&keywords=diane+barbarash

 

 

Seamless – the song and the poem

 

 

River – songs from the poetry of Allison Grayhurst

https://dianebarbarash.bandcamp.com/

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/dianebarbarash3

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/river-songs-from-the-poetry-of-allison-grayhurst/id1293420648

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0766X9LDJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507310524&sr=8-1&keywords=diane+barbarash

 

 

The Poem:

 

 

Seamless      

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    Raincoats and rainy seasons are behind us now.

I picked up a feather.

You took it from me and now it is yours. And just like that,

rich as the coral reef waters, we were initiated into

a lower layer.

    Intensity is a button. It is concentration – one part,

one of your parts unrelentingly explored

while ignoring other

distracting sensations. It is the thick blood

raking of thighs against our lesser faith.

    Fears of the future put aside and left to their weeping.

Shoulders become secrets receiving

probing pressure-point intrusions.

Like a primeval working of strings,

through this communication, we see

the courage of our history rise, become an advancing truth,

and our pores

grow and sparkle like thousands of tiny sun-drenched ants

pooling together to parallel a single purpose.

    We know ‘just survival’ is tyranny.

What we seek is not movement

purely for the sake of employment, but to create canvases

of vigorous struggles – ones that can only be cemented

in unison.

    Our bodies have abandoned their blood-lines.

We are touching every crease

and tense design with undiluted intention –

first blotting out words, then delectable conversations.

We rejoice in the grand dramatics of our compatibility,

equally committed to corporeal immersion.

    The past culminates in this single outpouring. It is

a privileged evolution. It is months of misfortune

exterminated by the exertion of our mouths:

    Strange rhythms are risked, foreheads pressed,

giving way

to beautiful unadulterated disclosure.

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Copyright © 2012 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “New Binary Press Anthology”, 2012

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“River – Songs from the poetry of Allison Grayhurst” CD release – by Diane Barbarash

 

When Diane first approached me about this project, my initial response was surprise and trepidation, along with excitement. After hearing how Diane combined her musical gifts with my poems to create separate identities – songs – I was blown away. I never imagined such a thing possible, and I can’t imagine that anyone but Diane could have tuned in so well to my poems, creating songs from my poems that I would be happy with. Her instinctual genius, both musically and vocally, astounds me and resonates in complete harmony with my poetry. She has honoured my work every step of the way, and I am in awe of Diane’s talent and brilliance. I am so proud and thrilled about this album, and can’t wait to share it with all of you.

Love, Allison

 

 

You can hear the songs and buy the album on 

www.dianebarbarash.bandcamp.com

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/river-songs-from-the-poetry-of-allison-grayhurst/id1293420648

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/dianebarbarash3

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0766X9LDJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507310524&sr=8-1&keywords=diane+barbarash

 

“These songs were written from the poetry of award winning Canadian poet Allison Grayhurst. She is truly one of a kind, as every word, every breath and phrase captures the heart and moves you somewhere deep and unexpected.  It has truly been an honor to compose to her beautiful poetry. The album comes with a beautiful PDF booklet that shows the original poems in their entirety. I hope you enjoy listening to River,” Diane Barbarash.

 

 

Booklet that comes with the CD (including the downloaded version):

www.dianebarbarash.bandcamp.com

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/dianebarbarash3

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/river-songs-from-the-poetry-of-allison-grayhurst/id1293420648

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0766X9LDJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507310524&sr=8-1&keywords=diane+barbarash

 

All Her Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsLH4DD5pZQ

All Her Love

 

song written, composed by Kyp Harness

sung by Dan Kershaw

 

http://kypharness.net/

RON SEXSMITH SINGS “WANDERING HEART” BY THE GREAT KYP HARNESS

 

Wandering Heart

First explosions of the morning
Wandering heart awakens roaming
Silently unfolding ‘cross the sky
And slowly forming on my eyes
She stands upon the edge of time
With her angel of doom as the cold sun shines
On the ice upon her ragged wings

I know your road is lonely
I can’t believe that you chose me
I will follow you
Even if this dream should be untrue
I will follow you

A million years and a million tears
There’s nothing left to chain me here
My heart is full but my hands are empty
I need someplace to go where I’ll be
Free beyond this cloud of doubt and the bleak machinery of fear
Wandering heart
Don’t let me slide

I know your road is lonely
I can’t believe that you chose me
I will follow you
Even if this dream should be untrue
I will follow you

Let the music of your beauty fly
Let the living live and the dying die
Let me disappear into the mystery
And the silent shadows of what will be
The world we know is fading and no-one will mourn its passing
Wandering heart
Come dance with me

I know your road is lonely
I can’t believe that you chose me
I will follow you
Even if this dream should be untrue
I will follow you

 

 

Kyp Harness © 2011

http://kypharness.net/