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 ...
Trapped within damaged brain
Body twisted, limbs trembling
Sitting in hospital yard
He lies near to death
Dying in the dust
Broken and forgot.
Do not weep me
Grieving over my fall from grace
For he forgave me
And I outpaced the echoes
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
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
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
'War is hell on earth inspired by madness.' 'War happens when inmates run the asylum.'