Kevin Morris Guest Post.

I am very happy to have a guest post on here by poet Kevin Morris. It not only features his amazing work but as well a bit of background on how nature influences his poetry. Please continue reading below, and do check out his links to find more of his publications and work.

As well, if you would like to have a guest post or interview on here, reach out to me on my contact page and we can arrange it all from there.

-Lucy


Kevin Morris on how nature influences his poetry:

I have, for as long as I can remember, been a lover of woods, and I’ve many happy memories of crunching through the fallen leaves with my grandfather, and collecting acorns and conkers with him.

Since 1997, I have been lucky enough to live near Spa Wood, a remnant of the Great North Wood, which survives in the Upper Norwood area of south-east London,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa_Wood. And this beautiful woodland has inspired (and continues to inspire) much of my poetry. 

Woods are full of life and death. Great oaks remind us of are mortality, for they stood long ere we where born and will, in all probability, continue to flourish long after we are gone. 

Yet they also will one day fall and become through the process of decay food for new life.  

In my poem “Life and Death”, I attempt to capture the cycle of life and death which permeates my local woodland: 

“In this wood

That I love,

Things live and die.

Birds fly

Above

My head;

Whilst, on the ground,

The leaves lie

Brown,

And dead.” 

Woods can be strange places. I have often walked through Spa Wood and heard the wind gusting through the trees. Yet, on leaving the woods, there is very little wind. Again, the sound of leaves can so easily be mistaken for that of falling rain: 

“The rain

Patters amongst these leaves.

I listen again

And ascertain

That itโ€™s the breeze

Midst these trees.

Yet it sounds the same

As rain.” 

I still vividly recollect strolling through the woods and thinking, “I can hear rain, yet I can not feel it. How can this be?” Then, as I approached a particular tree, I became aware of the sound made by it’s leaves, which was similar to that of falling rain. Hence my poem, “Rain” was born. 

When I die, I would like my ashes to be scattered in woodland. We come from nature and to nature I wish to return in death. 

(“Life and Death”, and “Rain” can be found in my recently released collection, “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems”, which can be found here, https://www.amazon.com/Light-Shade-serious-not-poems-ebook/dp/B08B4X3GVX/). 

Links: 

Website: https://kmorrispoet.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewdog2060_  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kmorrispoet/ 

  13 comments for “Kevin Morris Guest Post.

  1. July 12, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Kevin Morris is one of the best poets. In barely few words he writes with such profundity. The poem life and death is so beautifully write. The tree that rusttles its leaves like the sound of rain took us to the wood near his home. ๐Ÿ’

    Liked by 3 people

    • July 12, 2020 at 10:39 am

      He indeed is. His poetry is stunning and I especially enjoyed the ones he shared in this post. Such superb writing.

      Liked by 2 people

      • July 12, 2020 at 10:50 am

        Thank you so much for your extremely kind comments on my poems, Lucy. Thank you also for your kindness in hosting me on your website. Very best wishes, Kevin

        Liked by 2 people

      • July 12, 2020 at 4:29 pm

        Anytime, Kevin. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was more than happy to have you on here.

        Liked by 1 person

      • July 12, 2020 at 11:02 am

        ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I know right !

        Liked by 2 people

    • July 12, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words on my poetry. I am delighted that you enjoy my work. Best wishes, Kevin

      Liked by 2 people

      • July 12, 2020 at 11:01 am

        Thank You for crafting pure beauty with your words. It has seen me through some really bad days . love from India๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

        Liked by 2 people

    • July 12, 2020 at 11:18 am

      I hope that the future holds better days in store for you, and I’m delighted that my poems have helped you. Kevin

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Rhen Laird
    July 12, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Excellent, thanks for the share, Lucy.

    Liked by 2 people

    • July 12, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      Anytime. Glad you enjoyed. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rhen Laird
        July 12, 2020 at 9:45 pm

        ๐Ÿ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

    • July 13, 2020 at 1:49 am

      I am delighted you enjoyed my guest post, and thank you for your very kind comment. Kevin

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rhen Laird
        July 13, 2020 at 4:10 am

        Hi Kevin, you’re most welcome!

        Liked by 2 people

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