Poetry Submission by Paul Harper

We’re always thrilled to feature the work of Ryerson’s Paul Harper, and this piece is no exception. Harper has a keen ear for rhythm and breath in this piece, and he is able to echo the sounds of the poem nicely between stanza and line. Themes of loss and isolation linger under the surface of its content and sound, making this poem beautifully subtle, mysterious, and even ancient at times. Give it a read below.


Outer-sphere

The gatekeeper sits firm in position
Plucking the harp with ignited ember
A sacrifice beheld the coefficient
But was only heard through the grapevine

It was precious, it was unnatural
None of the stones align the outer-sphere
The fingers move, a command
That we were never truly lost

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