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Early Works - Maurice - Poem by David Harris

The devil’s lady flames have lit
the IRA have bombed the manuscript
never mind there is no relaxation
this time it might get to Glenda Jackson.
A week gone by far away
here comes the Cadbury kid with his Milk Tray.
He is ready for dangers to face,
some more literary grace.

Comedy in an inert expression
there is no regression
Maurice sits in solemn pose
pondering in degrees I suppose
conscious of all repetition
inherited in the pieces at their presentation,
criticism is slight,
but a meaningful insight.

So here, I sit in deep dispose
trying to write poetry and no prose.
Maurice sits in elevation
listening to my deviations,
the adventures of a bar of soap
oh, my is there any hope.
Regression, repetition, inhabitation
is there any compensation.

The sweet bird of youth
from heaven will fly
words of solemn prose
an ode to a dying rose.
No laughter as began the page
only silent rage.
This poem was only for fun
so no harm done.

Date unknown, probably 1979.

Author’s Note:

This was written as a bit of fun for my tutor, mentor and friend Maurice Callard. The Devil’s Lady was a play he wrote and sent it to a London Agent. During an IRA bombing campaign in London, the Agent’s office was destroyed along with Maurice’s manuscript of the play. He had written it with the actress Glenda Jackson in mind to play the Devil’s Lady. However, I do not think she ever got to read it. How many copies of the manuscript still exist I do not know, but I have one. With the Cadbury Kid, it was a bit of fun Maurice wrote to amuse us in his class.
With reference to my own work in the last stanza ode to a dying rose it relates to a poem posted up here called A Rose With A Tinted Past.


Poems About London

  1. 1. Early Works - Maurice , David Harris
  2. 2. Mother Of Exiles , Robert Laurence Binyon
  3. 3. Swr Raleigh Married Elizabeth Throckmort.. , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  4. 4. Poem Five , Charles Hice
  5. 5. Shakespeare & Poet For The Lord = Tom Zart , Tom Zart
  6. 6. Eulogy On A London Jobber , Jonathan ROBIN
  7. 7. The Song Of The Dedicated Househelp , RIC S. BASTASA
  8. 8. Contemplating Hell , gershon hepner
  9. 9. The Sheep And The Goat , George MacDonald
  10. 10. William Wallace At The Stirling Monument , sheena blackhall
  11. 11. Is That Pranab-Da A Clone Of Me! , Pranab K. Chakraborty
  12. 12. Birch And Bracken , jim hogg
  13. 13. Torn , Nassy Fesharaki
  14. 14. Britanica Hymn Edited , Aldo Kraas
  15. 15. Britanica Hymn Revised , Aldo Kraas
  16. 16. Los Angeles And London , gershon hepner
  17. 17. I Have My Eyes Fixed On London Song , Aldo Kraas
  18. 18. My Obituary , gershon hepner
  19. 19. Dutchman's Call , David Lewis Paget
  20. 20. Reality Is Such A Bore , gershon hepner
  21. 21. The Hypocritical , Francis Duggan
  22. 22. Rose Of London , Francis Duggan
  23. 23. Gothic Architecture , gershon hepner
  24. 24. More Amazing Than The Crucifixion , gershon hepner
  25. 25. The Garden Sleeper , Sally Evans
  26. 26. Drones And Riots , oskar hansen
  27. 27. Karl's Daughter , gershon hepner
  28. 28. Fishing In Gairloch (A) First Part , Sally Evans
  29. 29. Traveling Without God , gershon hepner
  30. 30. In London , Edward Kofi Louis
  31. 31. Ms Found In A Belfry , David Lewis Paget
  32. 32. First Encounter - Winnie Loo , john tiong chunghoo
  33. 33. Londonderry , Saiom Shriver
  34. 34. Pavers Of Life , Edwina Reizer
  35. 35. This Is It! , Edward Kofi Louis
  36. 36. Return Of The Repressed , gershon hepner
  37. 37. Too Much Vibrato , gershon hepner
  38. 38. Scottish Kenny , Francis Duggan
  39. 39. Red Night , Robert Laurence Binyon
  40. 40. Tristan And Isolde , gershon hepner
  41. 41. To Donneen , Dora Sigerson Shorter
  42. 42. Your Face Tomorrow , gershon hepner
  43. 43. Love Story , gershon hepner
  44. 44. The Tracks That Lie By India , Henry Lawson
  45. 45. On Reading Poems Of George R Sims , Francis Duggan
  46. 46. The Gippsland Hills Are Greener , Francis Duggan
  47. 47. Anne From Mallow , Francis Duggan
  48. 48. A Shy Young Woman From Kilcorney , Francis Duggan
  49. 49. Going Home , Francis Duggan
  50. 50. Our Rabbi ~ Dayan Ivan Binstock , Jonathan Goldman a.k.a JGthe ..
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