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Book Announcement: 10 of My Poems Included in Croydon Poetry Hour Anthology 2020/21

I am delighted to announce that 10 of my poems have been included in Croydon Poetry Hour Anthology 2020/21. Amongst those of my poems appearing in the book are Blackbird, Leaving and Whilst Drunk on Very Strong Beer. For anyone who is interested, Croydon Poetry Hour Anthology 2020/21 can be purchased here https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/croydon-poets/croydon-poetry-hour-anthology-202021/paperback/product-q777n8.html?page=1&pageSize=4

I have reproduced below my poem Leaving. The text of the poem is followed by a Youtube video of me reading it.

Leaving

On my way home
I touched the stone
Of my local church.
And longed to stay
With the singing birds
On this summer evening.
I have oft heard
The birds singing
And regretted leaving.

I envy them
For, unlike men
They do not weep.
For they see not
The final sleep.
While I
Knowing that man must die
Have the beauty of birdsong,
Which does not last long.

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Great Feedback On My “Selected Poems”

I was delighted to receive the following email earlier today:

“Dear Mr Morris,
I am writing to tell you that your poems in “The Collected Poems of K Morris” that you gave me on the train on my way to college are exceptional. You might not remember me but I am the girl doing politics and history that you met on the train and gifted your amazing book to. I have always been interested in writing poems and therefore you have really inspired me to carry on my interest and write some poems of my own. I would really like to thank you for gifting me your book and inspiring me to continue writing”.

The Selected Poems of K. Morris

“The Selected Poems of K Morris” can be found here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WW8WXPP/ (for the UK), and here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WW8WXPP/. (for amazon.com customers).

(Please note, I have not included the young lady’s name in order to protect her privacy).

Guest Writer Spot – @drewdog2060

My thanks to Esther Chilton for publishing my guest post. Please do visit the original post on Esther’s website. Kevin

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How’s your week been? I hope you’ve had a good one. My Guest Writer for you this week is Kevin Morris, with a fantastic poem from his new collection, Leaving and Other Poems, which will be available from Amazon in late January/early February 2022. To find out more, click here.

Eternity

Shall I intrude

Into their quietude?

The wind sings

As I,

Alone

Pass by

Gravestone.


Time has stopped,

For those below.

I have the clock

And somewhere to go.

But the wind sings

Softly to me

In the churchyard tree.


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When a Housemaid Named Miss Mariah

When a housemaid named Miss Mariah
Said, “I have a burning desire!”
I said to her,
“Go along with Claire
And light the old squire’s fire!”

Caught Up in My Dark Thought

Caught up in my dark thought
I did walk
Through the churchyard without any light.
It was night.
Something ran from dog and man.
I continued alone
Groping for home

My Dear Friend Whose Name is Apollo

My dear friend whose name is Apollo,
Says, “I’ll lead and you will follow!”.
He likes butchers shops
And juicy lamb chops –
As he’s a typical Labrador is apollo!

Alice

As I strolled through the great Crystal Palace
I was accosted by that wicked Miss Alice.
After dancing and wine
We crossed that line –
Now I’m missing both my wallet and Alice …

Claire and Miss Rose

When a young lady named Claire
Suggested we all have an affair,
Her friend Miss Rose
Took off her clothes,
And the commuters they did stare!

The Philosopher

There once was a philosopher of this nation
Who claimed we are living in a simulation.
When a student named Rose
Punched him on the nose
He said, “my pain is a mere simulation!”

The Lady of Shalott Got Caught Up in Virtual Reality

The Lady of Shalott got
Caught up in virtual reality.
She spun
Her web
And found not fun,
But the sheer banality
Of the living dead.