Colin Ian Jeffery
Published in the February 2008 issue of DECANTO - Colin Ian Jeffery was Centre Stage Poet
1. What age were you when you first became interested in poetry?
Seven - I was a choirboy when I heard the vicar in church read out the twenty-third psalm -
It struck my soul with lightening and my Muse began to sing.
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Colin Ian Jeffery Poems
DO NOT WEEP FOR ME
Do not weep me Grieving over my fall from grace For he has forgiven me And I have outpaced the echoes
BLOOD RED POPPIES
During the battle of the Somme, France,1916, the British sustained 60,000 casualties on the first day. Torrential rains turned the battlefield into a quagmire. In one month the Allies advanced five miles at the cost of 450,000 German.200,000 French and 420,000 British lives. I lost two uncles Blood red poppies sway
He never speaks Trapped within a damaged brain Body twisted, limbs trembling Sitting in a hospital yard
BATTLE OF BRITAIN
'Never before in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.' Winston Churchill 1940
('Gab'' who died of cancer May 10th 1978) Such a long time gone
When love ends Memories remain afire And each one
Aids rages out of control savaging the continent of Africa He lies near to death
'The Christian creed is love' As rocks within a stormy sea They stand against pounding seas
COLIN IAN JEFFERY
I would die a poet Pilgrim from a burnished land Remembered for humour, compassion and love Claimed by many as a friend.
BONES AT DYING
Bones at dying shall not quake Nor decay with the feasting of the worms For the spirit of this God loving soul Shall never harbour in the ground.
BRITAIN'S FERAL CHILDREN
London's street riots 2011) In savage packs they roam and terrify Lording over housing estates and city centres
Happiness elusive as the wind Comes and goes like migrating birds And the echoing peals of church bells.
Civilisation hangs perilously On slender threads of electricity Providing our needs and luxuries But if it someday it should cease
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DO NOT WEEP FOR ME
Do not weep me
Grieving over my fall from grace
For he has forgiven me
And I have outpaced the echoes
Of each demon's stalking stride.
Once upon a time
I shared the bread he broke
And sipped the wine he had blessed.