A NEW PUBLICATION:
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 at:-firstname.lastname@example.org – 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)
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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 – a brave new world ~ everyman : ~
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MODERN WORKS 2020
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BRAVE NEW WORLD – the collection
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
BRAVE NEW WORLD .. .
everyman .. .
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