by Paul Hartal

When I die
Bury me under the Tree of Love.

So my heart never stops to beat.

I will live
In every cell of your flesh,
I will live
In every chamber of your soul.

Words of solace
Scatter in the wind,
The sound of violin
Does not dissolve the night.

Yet time does come
To a stand in eternity:

Longer than poetry and art
In remembrance I will live,
And through true love survive
Even the death of memory.

Paul Hartal, Love Poems; Montreal: Editions La Galerie Fokus, 2004, p. 52

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A man of many Odysseys, Paul Hartal is a Canadian poet, author and artist born in Szeged, Hungary. His critically acclaimed books include Postmodern Light (poetry, 2006), Love Poems (2004), The Kidnapping of the Painter Miró (novel, 1997, 2001), The Brush and the Compass (1988), Painted Melodies (1983) and A History of Architecture (1972) ., In 1975 he published in Montreal A Manifesto on Lyrical Conceptualism. Lyco Art is a new element on the periodic table of aesthetics, which intertwines the logic of passion with the passion of logic. In 1980 the Lyrical Conceptualist Society hosted the First International Poetry Exhibition in Montreal., In 1978 Hartal exhibited his paintings at the Musée du Luxembourg and the Raymond Duncan Gallery in France and his canvas Flowers for Cézanne won the Prix de Paris. He also has displayed his oeuvre in museums and galleries in New York, Montreal, Budapest, as well as many other places., He approaches poetry with the credo that the heart of poetry is the poetry of the heart. A recurring theme of his recent work explores the human tragedies of wars and genocides.

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