Part 1
Between a teardrop and the heart,
We sense our feelings weakened, mourn,
For sadness as the tones impart
A sound perceived and now forlorn.

Opposing songs composed, to ache,
Before their scripted voices break,
Imagined dreams, enthralled to wake,
The haven of the thoughts we make.

And moods and nerves elate in joy,
At hearing cherished tunes on high,
Amongst emotions yearned to lift,
The echoes of laments adrift.

Part 2
And choirs excite with voices gift
The words aroused, recited, wished,
Harmonic chants caressed and kiss
Our serenaded dreams of bliss.

In music’s flow, ascents are given,
Mortal words transcend to heaven,
Melodies enchant to draft
Inflections of a dulcet craft.

Compassion soars, exalted high,
As resonance inspires a sigh,
Contrite, unveiled we learn to die
As passions glimpse our souls goodbye.


David Hollywood co-Directed The Bahrain Writer’s Circle and founded and ‘The Colours of Life’ poetry festival in Bahrain , The Gulf, and latterly worked in Antigua, The West Indies upon a variety of poetry in performance events. He is the author of an eclectic collection of poems titled ‘Waiting Spaces’ plus co-author of ‘My Beautiful Bahrain’, ‘Poetic Bahrain’, ‘More of My Beautiful Bahrain’, ‘Lonely’ and a variety of further publications. He was the in-house poet for ‘Bahrain Confidential Magazine’ and is one of the most widely read poets in the Middle East. He is a literary critic for ‘Taj Mahal Review’ plus an essayist on the subject of poetry appreciation. There are plans for a new collection of poetry and essays to be released in 2018. David has additional responsibility for the teaching of Wine Appreciation Programmes and Themes which he developed for the hospitality industry, and currently lives in his home country of Ireland.

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6 Responses

  1. David Hollywood

    Dear James, You are very generous and I am very pleased you have enjoyed what I structured as a two part poem (music created and heard while we live, and then afterwards!) Many thanks as always.

  2. David Watt

    David, your two part poem is very well written. There is intensity and depth within each part, and the structure of before and after adds to the overall appeal.

  3. David Hollywood

    Dear David, Many thanks for your kind appreciation and I am very pleased the structure and varied emphasis may have worked. Thank you again.


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