Meet a wonderful poet: Kevin Morris #guest post #poetry

Kevin Morris was born in the city of Liverpool on 6th January 1969. Having attended The Royal School for the Blind and St. Vincent’s School for the Blind in Liverpool, Kevin went on to read History and Politics at the University College of Swansea.

Having graduated with a BA (Joint Honours), and an MA in Political Theory, Kevin moved to London where he now lives and works.

Being visually impaired, Kevin uses a screen reading software called Job Access with Speech (JAWS) which converts text into speech and braille, enabling him to use a Windows laptop.

Much of Kevin’s poetry is written in his home, which overlooks a historic park in Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace, a suburb of Greater London.

Please read three of Kevin’s poems:

Time

The reaper moves
In time with the pendulum.
No rush
Or fuss;
He has plenty of time.
My patient friend
Whose tick portends
My inevitable end.
You rest in state
On my bookcase.
Tick tock.
I cannot stop
Time’s scythe.
None can survive
His cut.
Though in a cupboard my clock be shut,
Death cannot be put
Aside.
The sickle chops
And the heart will, one day, stop.

 

The Picture

The picture stands out against the white
Of my living room wall.
A few birds still call.
A fascination with sunlight
Which, as I watch, slowly dies away.
The night
Takes the day
And the picture we see
Is lost in obscurity;
Although, we hope that this light
We borrow
Will be seen on the morrow,
But this we cannot know.

 

What Is a Double Bed?

What is a double bed?
A place where the dread
Of what comes after this brief life
Is momentarily lost
In the arms of mistress or wife.
What is a double bed?
A place where the lone head
Sleeps
And sometimes weeps.
What is a double bed?
A place of joy and pain,
Where we return again and again,
Until we are slain
By the final sleep.

The above poems can be found in The Selected Poems of K Morris, published in August 2019.
The book is available in paperback and Kindle formats and can be found here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WW8WXPP/ (Kindle edition).
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1688049800/ (paperback edition).

@short-prose-fiction

 

67 thoughts on “Meet a wonderful poet: Kevin Morris #guest post #poetry

  1. I find it especially incredible that the poems are so beautiful without the author (I imagine) being able to clearly picture what he is writing about due to not having seen what he describes. At least not the way we are used to seeing them. I draw on visuals in my mind heavily when I write.

     
    1. Thank you for your kind words about my writing. I see outlines of objects, but not detail. So, for example I can see the outline of a person but I can not tell whether they are a friend, or a stranger unless they speak to me. Best, Kevin

       
  2. I’ve known Kevin a while now, Gabriela – I think I first came across him a few years back through my good friend, Lucy Brazier, author of the PorterGirl Novels – a stylish ‘English lady’ with a keen sense of fun who ‘interviewed’ Kevin on her blog – I doubt Kevin will have forgot! The poems you’ve presented here show Kevin at his artistic best – and me being me, I also like and appreciate the short stuff he writes which is often humorous too. Yes, Kevin is a writer, a poet, in all forms, I like to read. So glad to see him here.

     
  3. Oh G,

    Thank you for sharing Kevin Morris’ amazing story. It should be required reading for everyone who has ever uttered the words “I can’t.” LIke that image on the internet of a lone rose breaking through cracked concrete, he never gave up. He choose to let his creativity live.

    All three of his poems resonated. If I had to choose one as my favorite I would say “Time.”
    But all three had a depth and meaning that touched me.

    Thank you for this beautiful post.

    May creativity and inspiration always shine.

     
    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am really pleased you enjoyed all 3 of my poems. I have, from a young age had a fascination with clocks, particularly traditional, chiming timepieces. I was, therefore interested to read that you especially liked my poem “Time”. Best, Kevin

       
      1. Kevin I wish you all the best. I am on a long extended vacation right now. When I return to Florida in November, I will purchse your book and read. more.

        Thank you for this gift you have given us.

         
  4. Such beautiful poems, I especially love the way they flow, so delicately and with such layered metaphors. Kevin is an inspiration and very talented. Thank you for sharing these G, I’ll definitely be reading more of Kevin’s work! 🌺🌸

     
  5. I’ve been following Kevin for some time now. I love all his poetry. His humorous limericks make me chuckle. But even in the humorous ones, he often manages to make a point. His other poems are beautiful and thoughtful, too. Love them.

     

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