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keith jeffries

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Born in Warwickshire, England Brought up and educated in Lancashire Served in HM Forces for ten years Now live in Northamptonshire, England Interests: Writing, Poetry, Painting with Pastels, Peace & Justice, International Relations, British & European, Deltiology, History, The Classics, Ignatian Spirituality and other Spiritualities, The Slav Composers, Learning the Piano, Contemplation, Meditation and my two dogs. Work: Spiritual Director, Diarist, Essayist and Epistolographist, Poet and Writer In many ways I have discovered my true self which has been a very illuminating experience. After a life of conformity I am now free to express myself and find poetry a means to achieve this. I believe conformity robs us of our individuality. To write prose, poetry, to paint or compose music we need to be completely liberated otherwise we produce what other people want to hear or see and not what we want to say or achieve. I am passionately opposed to any form of prejudice as I consider it to be one of the greatest evils of humankind. I am an activist for peace and justice. As poetry is a highly subjective genre I am reminded by a friend of mine, who is a professional photographer and artist, that one´s poems need no introduction or explanation. They should be open to interpretation only. I wonder how other poets view this. I welcome all constructive criticism as I often feel the need for some direction. Thank you In April 2019 I had a book published which is entitled "Solitary Reflections", a compilation of poetry and prose. I recommend this to my friends and fellow poets. It has already received and excellent review from a well known North Country poet, Jon Darby, also a member of Write Out Loud. I include his review and a link for those of you who would like to buy a copy of this book. Thank you. Keith Jeffries "Solitary Reflections" review by Jon Darby I was so excited to receive my copy of “Solitary Reflections” in the post just last week. It looks and feels like a premium title that would sit comfortably in any bookshop. Keith Jeffries, the author, is a prolific poet on “Write Out Loud” which is where I first discovered his work, his friendship and his invaluable comments on my own and others poetry. Keith’s writing echoes his fascinating worldwide travels and a career that has seen him serve in both the armed forces and as an ordained priest in the Anglican church. As the foreword says, this book could be used meditation style, especially as it covers big life themes such as War (the stunning “Shot” on page 41 is a standout for me), Religion/Faith (page 62’s wonderful “C of E” which is thoughtful, humorous and irreverent) and Sexuality (“Faces in Shadows”, page 167, a fascinating account of a time before legislation, when gay life had to be lived secretly.) Many other topics are covered, too many to mention individually, but Solitary Reflections is essentially a blunt, humorous, thoughtful and intelligent collection of fine poetry. There are six short stories to finish off, my favourite being the beautifully conveyed “Dancing Classes”. Treat yourself, a loved one or a friend to a copy. I already have".


Faces in Shadows In the furtive light of dusk blurred figures in constant motion some homeward bound with purposeful gait of intent other lone figures who welcome the night delay wandering with predatory delight who live on the fringes of light Day has gone yet they remain those few who are not the same Light diminishes in intensity in a few it awakens urgent necessity They roam alone in the gloom in search of a friend with a room Faces brush by with suspicious ease glances which betray a sensual tease Hands touch, expressions beckon often all is accomplished in a second Night seduces its predators on to secluded corners of fun Havens of passion, soon are reached as fumbling gropings surge unleashed Bated breath with gasps of relief done as if a skulking thief Moments too precious to secure times of heated passion do procure Soon to rejoin those with gait renewed to homes where nought is so lewd Nights of love hastily grasped now long since passed Replaced by neon light now do lure have made the Faces more secure (A Cameo of gay life in the UK prior to legalisation) Hell's Quagmire They lay in fetid mud, covered in congealed blood All around the trappings of hell did abound Broken bodies, pallid skin, all had died in a din Stillness now dwelt in hell´s backyard As distant guns thundered and continued to roar A dark tinged sky of cloud and cordite Drizzled its misery upon the mutilated dead Rifles as broken kindling lay in squalid slime Close to the brave now lost to their hellish grave Freckled wire matted over a tragic scene Beneath, those whose lives were doomed to die Helmets, gas masks, guns galore now failed to keep a score Craters disfigured a muddy hide of lines broken and askew Fortifications never meant to last had gone in a blast Smouldering ruins, the staggering wounded Horses, dogs, casualties too were now human prey Trees, bare, uprooted, bereft of leaves or branches Cried to the sky as they too wanted to die Papers, letters and the like did flutter as distant guns did stutter Hell had visited this place and left its mark and despite the day all became dark

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Fri 15th Oct 2021 17:31

Not quite sure what you mean by
"hope you have not had a bad fall"
you mean the season or...
my balance?
Was that your way of saying you think I'm not right?
Then again, maybe you ARE right.
Most of my poetry is unbalanced, slightly askew.

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jennifer Malden

Wed 13th Oct 2021 17:10

Hello Keith!
Haven't been much on WOL lately, as been v busy with a much needed holiday, (no internet), and family health matters. Just wanted to say how much I liked your latest on Poetry Plus. By Which We are Known, A Silver-framed Photo, and especially Drenched in Duplicity. Fantastic title too. Was also v impressed with your review of Poems of the East. I have always liked and admired your writing, from the start, that is October 2017, when I joined WOL, and couldn't understand why at that time there was so little response! There was one about the sea some time ago, which I thought was fantastic. I'll try and find it again. Delighted that you are now being appreciated as deserved. All the best, Jennifer


Fri 1st Oct 2021 22:07

The loss of Britain & America is a horrible thing to contemplate.
I fear for my grand-kids and the future generations.
All you have to do is look at any Socialist Country
and you can see the results it brings.
No money, No Freedom. No voice.


Thu 30th Sep 2021 05:02

The English Culture is being deluded by foreigners.
How about your Mayor of London?
Now there's a real winner!


Wed 29th Sep 2021 15:39

Moved back to England?
I must have missed that post.
How do you like it now?


Mon 27th Sep 2021 02:36

are you still living in Spain?

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Stephen Atkinson

Thu 23rd Sep 2021 16:15

Haha ! That's actual size, Keith 😄. And yes 50, there is a few who've said that, but I assure you I certainly feel it! Probably more like 60 sometimes!
Thanks for the constant encouragement


Mon 30th Aug 2021 12:19

Thank you Keith.
A simple thank you
all i can say
you are the last man standing.


Sun 29th Aug 2021 03:54

You are the last known reader of my poems.
all the others had better sense!

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 11th Aug 2021 12:42

Cheers Keith
for your response.
Tommy 🤔🙂

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 4th Aug 2021 14:41

Thanks Keith for your comment re "In Ancient Ruin"
You are generous in your words.



Mon 19th Jul 2021 12:01

are you kidding me?
pre-breaded fish?
How in the world?


Mon 12th Jul 2021 13:17

I like your line...
"writing is the work of the soul".


Wed 7th Jul 2021 12:02

Thank you Keith for your comments on "Yard Work".
Nowadays, people shun physical work as if it's bad.
All they want to do is zoom calls. ha.
Physical work is equal to mental work.
It is a partner in our overall well-being.


Tue 6th Jul 2021 03:25

thanks Keith.
You would know, having been in the military.
we waste our best and brightest-
we gain nothing in the end.

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Ghazala lari

Fri 4th Jun 2021 15:14

Thank you for reading the poem. I'm glad atleast someone liked a spirituality poem. Thanx🌷

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Ghazala lari

Wed 26th May 2021 09:14

Thank you Keith. Little people should be added in the poem as well. I'll do that 🌷

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Your Royal Poetess

Fri 21st May 2021 23:23

In response to your comment, this quote has been one that really resonated with me:

“We are not minorities, we have been minoritized. We are not underrepresented, we have been historically excluded. “ - Janel Cubbage

I would never consider you a minority! I believe that many have been marginalised due to prejudices but that word doesn’t sit right with me at all, it makes me think something is less than... keep fighting against the inequalities and spreading awareness through your poetry ☺️

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Sun 16th May 2021 04:59

Thank you!


Tue 11th May 2021 04:20

What? you have Fake News in Spain also?
It's all biased.
No Truth anymore.


Thu 29th Apr 2021 12:37

to post a comment you must log in.
to dig a fence post you must have a shovel.
to understand my poetry, you must have a screw loose.

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Ghazala lari

Wed 28th Apr 2021 07:17

Thanks for reading the poem and leaving your thoughts.🌷


Wed 28th Apr 2021 03:13

the idea is to embarrass you
not...cover you!

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Mon 26th Apr 2021 10:25

Hi Keith,

I just spotted your comment on my profile, thanks for that. I think it was t'other Tom who commented on your recent poem, but I did read and enjoy it.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and process. I genuinely find it really interesting and would love to grill more contributors about this stuff 😃

Whilst I'm not able to write exclusively with a pen, I know that the sheer pleasure of writing with a fountain pen on paper is what got me to write many of my poems. It's such a nice experience it encourages you to write something, anything, and often in this process I'll discover a poem buried that I didn't know was in me. In an almost divine intervention, I found a fountain pen in the street aged about 20 and not long after found an empty notebook on a bus journey. It sounds daft really but it was like the universe handed me these tools. I've never since found either of these objects just lying in the street.

I think I take inspiration from many of the same sources as you and the initial ideas are usually dictated into my phone as I'm walking down the street. I'm polishing up a poem at the moment written entirely on a walk home from work where I was inspired by a smell (which is a new one on me, I think). I love your work and always keep en eye out for it - though must admit I've not had much free time to visit WoL of late but I hope that will change soon. All the best, Tom.


Thu 22nd Apr 2021 12:05

ha. a funny response.

With all my poems
I sound the alarm
I hope they help
and do not harm,
but do not let
your heart be torn
they may lack sense
but do have charm.


Wed 21st Apr 2021 03:05

Keith Jeffries continues to come to my site.
I have no idea why.
A glutten for punishment, I guess.


Sun 18th Apr 2021 11:03

over 6 feet? wow.
no wonder airplanes are bad for you.
and yes, the bathroom situation is not ideal on an airplane.
and where does it go?
Is that where rain comes from?


Tue 6th Apr 2021 22:35

Rebirth & Resurrection.
Both themes of the poem.
Thank you for reading and sharing your deep thoughts.
Also, thanks for sticking with me.
I think YOU were my very "first responder"..

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Ghazala lari

Thu 1st Apr 2021 23:40

Thank you for reading, liking and commenting on the poem, beautiful life. I'm glad you liked it.🌷


Wed 24th Mar 2021 23:53

Thanks for reading "True Love"
I am shocked that you continue to come to my site.
But I welcome your response.
I see you are still wearing that gun holster
strapped to your chest.
You look like James Bond!

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