Colin Ian Jeffery

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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, a choirboy, when I heard the vicar in church read the twenty-third psalm. The beauty of the words struck my soul like lightning and my Muse began to sing. I then found poetry being rea ...

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Never speaks
Trapped within damaged brain
Body twisted, limbs trembling
Sitting in hospital yard

Brother Africa

He lies near to death
Dying in the dust
Broken and forgot.

Do Not Weep For Me

Do not weep me
Grieving over my fall from grace
For he forgave me
And I 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


Happiness is elusive like the wind
Coming and going like migrating birds
And sound of echoing peals of church bells.

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27 August 2017

REVIEW: Sorrows and Joys - - Colin Ian Jeffery ISBN: 978197459830 Paperback £5.14 Amazon or any good bookshop Collection of 212 poems Colin Ian Jeffery is a leading Christian poet and all poems in this collection have been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. The collection gives an insight into the driving forces behind his poetry, with the main influence, seen in such poems as ‘Christians' and ‘King of Kings, ' being his spirituality. ‘Pope Francis, ' is a poem that acknowledges his Roman Catholic background, and gives insight into the poet's spiritual formation in the Roman Catholic Church. The poem ‘True Love' shows his passion and belief that love must be free and never held captive. Love must be set free For this I know The caged bird sings for flight Dying captive Looking through the bars. Some of the sonnets are addressed to the great love of his life, the mysterious lover who moved the poet to compose some of the most poignant love poems ever written, a love for the poet that was a rock within a stormy sea giving support against raging purple storms. The collection covers many different topics dealt with powerfully and artistically with a variety of topics such as peace, war, history, love, sorrow, death, and childhood memories in such poems as ‘Wally Gog' and ‘When I was young.' The poet is a modernist with the development of imagism stressing clarity, precision and economy of language. He has a strong reaction against war and the oppression of innocence, but unlike others poets in the modernism movement like Dylan Thomas and Ezra Pound he has a profound faith in God. Reverend Dr. Paul James Dunn

22 July 2019

What is poetry? 'Poetry is the finest of the arts, more than words that rhyme or lines in verse. Poetry is the rich language of the soul, saying something meaningful in a few words, a concentrated language that create images. Read a few words of poetry and it will conjure images within the mind that inspires the imagination. Poets have strong feelings about the topic of their poem and want people who read the poem to experience the same emotions as they themselves experienced when composing the poem. Poetry often has a strong rhythm or beat, like lyrics to a song. Poets use words to paint a picture in the head. The Chinses say a picture is worth a million words. The poem is a springboard into the soul where readers enter to appease their request to share in the joys and sorrows of being human and the complexities of love.' Colin Ian Jeffery

28 December 2020

'War is hell on earth inspired by madness.' 'War happens when inmates run the asylum.'


Jimmy Scanlon 04 August 2021

Wonderful poem about your Dad.

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Jimmy Scanlon 04 August 2021

Wonderful lovely poem about your Dad! !

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Amarachi Okoro 16 January 2021

Beautiful. Emotion filled. I love it ??Old age has not reduced our love for each other We are soulmates who knew the wonder of ecstasy

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Amarachi Okoro 16 January 2021

A wn ??

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Whatever Soulmate 15 January 2021

Looking for my soulmate would like to spend every second with my soulmate now and when old

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Arjun L. Sen 15 January 2021

A beautiful poem and very true. How many write about the quiet joy of love in old age like this? Great work.

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Joan Xie 03 May 2019

very clean lines, great metaphor.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 23 December 2018

On behalf of all fellow poets in Poem Hunter Family and our Mahakul family we offer a title of honour to poet Colin Ian Jeffery from Redhill, United Kingdom as, 'Victorious Voice.' This title is offered to him due to his notable contribution and high-standard literary perseverance. From today onward he will be known as, 'Victorious Voice Colin Ian Jeffery.' We hope all poets, visitors and people will like this.

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Bhagabat Prasad Hotta 09 November 2018

So great poet.......I like to read all poems.........

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Colin Ian Jeffery Is a marvellous poet His writing, his poems are really outstanding Extraordinary in every sense

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Soumya Ranjan Rout 22 September 2017

You are a brilliant poet.your poems are very impressive.

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Soumya Ranjan Rout 22 September 2017

Good morning Colin Jeffrey. Now you are my favorite poet.go on Colin Jeffrey

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Your poems are truly from the heart. Keep writing and sharing your pain and wisdom. It's truly moving. Thank-you Father Colin Ian Jeffery. Elizabeth Fontaine Grieco, from the Pocono, Pennsylvania. Enjoy life and share your love with God's children, so they may learn from great poets such as yourself. Sorry for the delay of two years in responding. Peace and love to you all!

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Dear Fr. Colin Jeffery, I am sorry about the delay replying you due to certain pressing personal preoccupations. I must confess that I have impaired hearing and usually avoid audio recordings. However, I did visit your U-tube upload and heard out all the poems recited by you in a beautifully paced manner. When and where I didn’t hear you properly, I did go back to the text at your PH poetry page to verify. I see that our fellow-poet Mr. Ramesh Rai has done the upload. Both of you deserve immense congratulations for your grand effort. The fast -changing images are very vivid and well selected to go with the themes of the poems. Overall, a marvelous presentation! Your war poems are really moving, which perhaps speak of your childhood war trauma (and shell-shock?) that has trickled down into you from your soldier dad. Your poetry is the grand reconciliation of two roles poles apart - of a soldier’s son and that of a priest. “Tribute To The Fallen” moved me very much and, in my opinion, that one is your best war-related poem. Of non-war themes, while “Aberfan” and “Death Of A Sperm-Whale” had me moved to tears, I loved the beauty of “The Cat”, “Poet” and “Keeper Of My Heart”. I have commented under these poems. You are a versatile poet, adept at economy of words. Thanks for inviting me to your U-tube upload. I am not very familiar with U-tube settings and can’t figure out how to upload my comments directly there. Kindly advise how it is done. In the meanwhile I am pasting a copy of this on “Opinion About The Poet” page at PH. Great regards. Madathil Rajendran Nair

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Vineet Gulati 28 April 2015

Colin, Had a chance to visit your YouTube page also read some of your poetry on the site. As somebody who just started writing again after a long absence; your poetry is inspiring and also something to emulate. I really liked the poem 'Billy'. You described the essence of a persons soul and it's purity in a few short words. Thanks for writing.

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Madhabi Banerjee 28 April 2015

comrade collin jeffery, - execellent creation comrades in arms; keep fit collin

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Victor Sklyarov 28 April 2015

Colin Jeffery is now my Favorite Poet

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Mj Lemon 12 January 2015

Colin, I just visited your yotube page beyond impressed. Your works on the Great War and WW II transcend literature, and should be read by every student of history and the humanities. I'll be a regular reader of your work. Outstanding.

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Lyn Paul 04 December 2014

Good Morning Colin..... Your You Tube Page is excellent especially with the photography images. Be very proud of your work.

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Jerry Hughes 15 October 2014

Hello Colin, I've read some of your poems and may I say you're an excellent writer. Since my stroke I'm no writing much however, I do enjoy reading the best of PH, including yours. Cheers, Jerry

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