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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 Spain. Interests: Writing, Poetry, Photography, Painting with Pastels, Peace & Justice, International Relations, British & European History ,Ignatian Spirituality and other Spiritualities, The Slav Composers, Contemplation, Meditation and my two dogs. Work: Spiritual Direction & Writing 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


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)

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Sun 17th Mar 2019 02:49

lost, but now found
Keith Jeffries is alive!
call off the search
return you your normal programming.



Fri 15th Mar 2019 16:36

Missing Person, keith Jeffries, has disappeared.
if seen, report immediately.
may be armed with a poem.
approach carefully.

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AM Cash

Sun 10th Mar 2019 21:46

Thank you for your comments on primrose


Sat 9th Mar 2019 03:53

Re: "football is king"
i did not know that you had the same problem in the UK.
does it feel like we are definitely "dumbing down"
why read when you have google or facebook
to tell you how to think.


Fri 8th Mar 2019 11:10

I have no idea of the food you describe.
ever had a tamale?


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trevor homer

Wed 6th Mar 2019 14:36

Hi Keith - thanks for your 'Listening To Neil Young' comments, pleased you like it. I sense we have a modernist approach to poetry, as illustrated by your work such as Faces In The Shadows - 'who live on the fringes of light' and Etiquette - 'nostalgia plays a long symphony'. good stuff mate,

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Phil Kay

Wed 6th Mar 2019 00:45

Thanks for your comments keith. I wandered if you could connect my experience with your own first day in the forces? Of course we all have many first time events. Comments appreciated. Phil.


Tue 5th Mar 2019 09:41


What can you do
if inside of you
runs royalty since
your blood is blue
write poetry
and seek the truth
inside of you
if your blood is blue.

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Phil Kay

Sun 3rd Mar 2019 23:31

Thank you for your comments on my "cancer" poem. Appreciated.

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Ged Thompson

Sat 2nd Mar 2019 00:29

Thanks for the comment



Fri 1st Mar 2019 16:54

more like
a Legend in
his own mind.



Fri 1st Mar 2019 09:26

I am back to writing
quietly or...
out loud.

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trevor homer

Mon 25th Feb 2019 13:14

Hi Keith - many thanks for your kind remarks re: Distant Time. I sense a kindred spirit.

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ken eaton-dykes

Sun 24th Feb 2019 17:29

Thanks again Keith.



Tue 19th Feb 2019 10:24

Thank you Keith for reading and appreciating the content. Your views are gladly accepted...thank you🌷


Thu 14th Feb 2019 12:42

Aging Rock Stars and old poets
must keep on doing what they are doing-
The act of Creating drives the human spirit.

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ken eaton-dykes

Wed 13th Feb 2019 15:29

Hi Keith

Many thanks for your comment, it's much appreciated



Wed 13th Feb 2019 14:59

Keith I am late on parade... Better late than never.

What is it that inspires you the most to write?

Although I have only been here a few months there are a few poets who really stand out to me, and you my friend are one of them.



Mon 11th Feb 2019 12:27

I think "We Never Asked" rings true for so many of us
who think there will always be time Later
but then time runs out.
Thanks for your comments Keith.
they speak to who You are,
a caring person.


Fri 8th Feb 2019 23:50

you are the last of the pen & ink poets.
but good for you.
whatever inspires the best words
works best!



Thu 17th Jan 2019 13:41

Thanks for your comments on "I Cannot Imagine".

I cannot imagine getting such a good review.


Big Sal

Fri 11th Jan 2019 12:53

Thank you for the support.

Reading poetry can bring together enemies - if they'd only read it right.

Your contributions are nothing less than completely meaningful and heartfelt in substance.💪

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 11th Dec 2018 15:21

Keith "Ich bin ein berliner or Ich bin ein Berliner? you donut. ;- )
(I wrote your name as BBC radio 6' presenter Maconie said "Keith")

Tommy (must get out more) Carroll


Sat 24th Nov 2018 11:46

thanks for your many kind comments.
I'm getting to know you
as a man with a kind heart.


Mon 19th Nov 2018 03:18

thank you for your comment on
"The Space of a Lifetime'.
You comment frequently. I appreciate that.
I hope I am not taking up your valuable time.

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 15th Nov 2018 14:12

thanks for the comments on 'falling down the cracks in the pavement' Keith - yes - I needed some light relief after the war poetry of the last month or so - been on a tour of 6 gigs in 7 days last week delivering the set of poems and music that I released about WW1 in 2014. It has been fulfilling but emotionally draining - I needed to let off some steam and let out some jeans :-)


Mon 5th Nov 2018 22:28

thanks Keith for you kind comment.
I don't know what to say.


Sun 4th Nov 2018 01:13

(took a wrong turn, stuck now in Parenthesis)
good comeback!


Thu 1st Nov 2018 03:32

regarding Mother's Lament
i think we've all been there
at one time or another.

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keith jeffries

Sun 14th Oct 2018 12:00

I agree. Your fly seems to have an attitude problem, but don´t they all


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