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Beryl McMullen Picture Ever since I was a child attending St. Mary’s C of E School in England, having to commit to memory long psalms, I have always enjoyed the beauty of words which has remained with me all my life. One of my first loves is poetry: reading, reciting, and writing it! Hence, to share this special joy of poetry for young and old alike has its place on my website. It is never too late to start a new adventure, it’s not a time of life it’s a state of mind, a matter of will, the quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, and the freshness of the deep springs of what life has to offer! It doesn’t matter what age we are, there is in every human being’s heart the love of wonder, the amazement of the stars, the undaunted challenge of events, and the unfailing appetite of what comes next and to put simply the joy of living...

For me writing poetry is a challenge I enjoy expressing my thoughts in a set form. Many of my poems rhyme because I prefer to rhyme, rather than write free verse. But I love reading poetry of any style and have tried all forms of expressing a feeling or an idea to convey a happy inspiration to the reader. I think one of the greatest demands writing poetry is to avoid commonplace expressions in flavour of fresh original expression of thought to awake in the reader strong emotions. The test: if the expression of thoughts fails to register emotionally with the reader as poetry it’s called verse.

Today we look at prose for wisdom, fictional narratives, religion, philosophy, scientific writing and history. On the other hand poetry is the most concentrated expression of the soul, and still should have its place – This may take time there are many people like me who seek to restore poetry to something of its original wide popularity as a natural unartificial concentration of emotional speech...

Really the technique of writing a poem is simple. Its devices metre, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, stanza, arrangement, can be mastered as easily as a multiplication table. Poetry comes differently. It is primarily the intellect that manufactures verse. But the intellect plays only a secondary part in creating poetry. The desire that seeks expression, which it finds in the poem, springs from a deeper source than mere thinking. Man, without a doubt is filled with desires. The fulfillment of one desire causes others to spring. Much thinking is wish fulfillment - there is truth in Wordsworth’s dictum: ‘The wish is father of the thought’ There must be also an obstacle to the immediate fulfilling of the wish otherwise the poet would proceed to achieve his wish, and have no need for a poem to express it.

Thought is deeper than all speech - Feeling is deeper than all thought -Souls to souls can never teachwhat unto themselves was taught. -Christopher P. Cranch

If into my site you do take an excursion, in my repertoire you will find all manner of poetic diversion: Poems from fantasy to nature, from love to hate, from philosophy to religious fate, from life, death, grief and regret and to what it feels like to take our last breath...

My inspiration comes from a love for the arts...

Some of the people I admire deeply are: Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Bishop Fulton Sheen – Life is worth Living, Father Trevor Huddleston who wrote ‘Naught for your Comfort‘, Arch Bishop Tutu – who named his first son ‘Trevor’. Canon James Harrington a personal friend and Chaplain for the present Queen, during summer months - who, when I was at a crossroads encouraged me to write for the Anglican Monthly – Last but not least my parents: my mother, from which I inherited a vivid imagination and my father for my determination...

Influential Writers
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Daphne DuMaurier, HG Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Thomas Hardy. Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Robert Burns, T.S. Eliot, Pascal, James Joyce, P.D James, Malcom Muggeridge.

Poets
William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Burns, John Keats, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Noyes, John Masefield, Gerard Manley Hopkins. Wilfred Owen, Christina Rossetti, Shelley, Auden, Neruda, Edna St Vincent Millay, Wordsworth, Dylan Thomas and so on... They are all great poets who gifted us with eternal lamps to light the paths of all humanity.

Religions
St Therese of Lisieux - St. John of the Cross, St. Bernadette, St. Anthony, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Augustine of Hippo Africa.

Music
Chopin, Schubert, Elgar, Louis Armstrong, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Denver – All Latin music – The Tango – is more than a feeling it’s having a romance with your partner... Military marches Pipes and drums and many light Operas...

Art
Lord Leighton, Sir Edwin Landseer, James Tissot, Burne-Jones, Monet, Garth Williams which I have on occasion written a poem from a painting

In conclusion, like many people there have been times in my life when I have been at a crossroads, whether to stay in a stagnant lifestyle, or move forward toward the unknown...

I try to always embrace change, and the possibility of a better way of living. I am a free spirit, and I tend to fly toward that elusive rainbow...

I hope you will enjoy reading the poems on my website and that it gives you the same enjoyment it has given me.

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  • Editor's Choice Award from Poetry.com - February 2006 - View Certificate

    Born: January 8, 1927
    Lived Until: July 16, 2010 (83 years)
    Read My Life Story - A Childhood In Handsworth



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