MODERN WORKS 2020 ~ 5/6 – BRAVE NEW WORLD – everyman


MODERN WORKS 2020 ~ 5/6 – POEM 4

To celebrate the launch of my NEW booklet containing 16 diverse poems and essays entitled : MODERN WORKS 2020 – I am happy to offer a signed, printed hard-copy and FREE worldwide delivery. All but one of these 16 pieces are BRAND NEW WORKS completed during 2020.

This latest collection of written verse – MODERN WORKS 2020 – comes in the usual edenbray-pamphlet A5 format and is printed professionally and beautifully in a 36 page booklet style publication with a cream-stock card cover that I have self-published to my own specifications.

I am able to offer my 2020 Annual of Verse at an opening price of just £7.00 inc. post and packing for shipping to literally anywhere in the world. So please use the PAYPAL Link below to make your purchase or you can contact us by leaving a message in the comments box at the foot of this page or please email me directly – I would sincerely appreciate hearing from you and we will make sure you get a copy of my new book/pamphlet and also keep you up to date with any developments regarding my work.  – (please indicate if you would rather NOT receive emails concerning my work when you order)


Many thanks ~ edenbray

Finally, to Celebrate the launch of my NEW BOOK I am posting all 16 poems over 16 consecutive days RIGHT HERE on my edenbray-BLOG-SITE B  – TODAY  – the Poem – brave new world ~ everyman  : ~ 

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by edenbray

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BRAVE NEW WORLD – the collection

CIRCA. 1970

In the year 1970 I wrote a series of poems which were accepted for inclusion in a national anthology of poetry reflecting life in Britain. I stupidly failed to complete the paperwork in time for the print and subsequent publication and the 5 poems were later mislaid completely. 

Although I made repeated attempts to re-write them I was never happy with the results. Finally, during my personal CV-19 isolation I had the time to work on the re-writes and earlier this year I self-published the results as a collection 50 years on from when the originals were written under a new but borrowed title – A Brave New World.

As with the Tales of the Swan-dyke selection I have chosen a representative piece for this newest compilation – Modern Works 2020 to save too much duplication and I have chosen the lead piece – everyman which is included here.


                                                                   everyman ~ An illustration by Warwick Eede                         


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everyman .. .

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everyman was born for this

   this moment bright of sense, hope and reason

   a borrowed spear, a salted tear, a kiss so soft and sweet

   God, not fair as we count fair, went on ahead

   left earth to spin, man to sin and virtue in a tin

   I found it once, so well hidden


Who climbed the mountain top?

   and saw a golden eagle soar, or heard the wild bear roar?

   stepped inside a church to pray, asked a holy man the way?

   when all we have is touch and feel and human love

   the moment, the minute, the occasional sensation

   I find its always so well hidden


and everyman must find the way

   not born to pour his life away, when lost in indecision,

   no time for God, no time for prayer, he finds the time to listen

   the church may rob the soul, yet in the snow still glisten

   but only God can make us whole, search deep within the soul

   ignite the spirit given


Who first descended?

   attended by some obscured, mutated passion?

   the best dreams are often interrupted 

   by the greyest, greenest mission

   and everyman will have to choose his own particular obsession

   or find within the joy of life, or learn the harshest lesson

   they keep it so well hidden


everyman will reach journeys end

   find their setting sun, finish then this marathon they run

   and everyman is every woman, every child and every son

   fractured vessels all, with tales of pain 

   and valour, joy or squalor


everyman stands alone, 

   a bit afraid of breathing now forever

   darkness keeps this so well hidden

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                                                                                        edenbraytoday 26.05.2020

About edenbray

I am a writer ... a beat poet who began writing poetry way back in 1966 ... 'edenbray is born ugly, wet, covered in blood, mucous & bodily functions, the effluence of my short life' ... I recently published my 1st solo Anthology - the best of 60 years writing - previously I ran my own Art Supplies Store for 40 yrs before I became a full-time writer I am a Blogger who has posted 1,000 poems - available in 24 themed booklets ... please ask for details + leave a 'like' or a comment for my encouragement, thank you so much for listening - I truly value your opinion on my work ~ in fact I literally survive on your creative input ~ edenbray
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