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Guest Post Kevin Morris Author of “Dalliance; A Collection of Poetry and Prose”


Many thanks to Sherry Carol for hosting me on her blog. Kevin

Originally posted on It's a bird! It's a plane! No, It's the Shiny Happy Sherry Fairy!:

I developed my love of literature as a small boy. I’ve happy memories of sitting on my grandfather’s knee as he regailed me with Enid Blyton’s “The Famous Five” and “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”. Being blind it was a real treat to have print books read aloud as I was unable to read the printed word. Later I learned to read braille and devoured the books in my school and (later) college library. I can still recollect sitting engrossed with a battered braille edition of “Palgrave’s Golden Treasury” on my knee. One of the advantages of being blind is the ability to read in the dark and I well recollect reading after the lights had been turned out at my boarding school when I should have been in the land of nod!
Today I do most of my reading on my Amazon Kindle which is equipped with a text to speech…

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Please Do Not Distract

While out for a walk with my guide dog, Trigger earlier today a lady began to stroke him while he was guiding me past a car which was, rather inconveniently parked on the pavement. I smiled and said,

“I don’t mind you stroking my dog, but please don’t do so while he is working as it could put both me and my dog in danger”.

The lady apologised and I continued on my way.

Unfortunately the above incident is far from being an isolated occurance. I have experienced people attempting to pet Trigger while in the midst of crossing a busy London road, which could have had disastrous consequences for both him and I.

As I said to the lady this morning, I have no objection to people stroking my guide dog. However the bottom line is to use common sense. By distracting a working guide dog the person responsible runs the risk of causing the animal to lose concentration. This could result in the owner becoming intimately acquainted with a lamp post or the bumper of a large lorry, not something which anyone wants to have on their conscience.

There is a good short piece on GDBA’s website on tips for approaching a guide dog owner. The golden rule, as set out in that piece is to always ask and not assume that speaking to or petting the dog is OK. As a guide dog owner I will, in most instances readily agree to a request to fuss Trigger. He works hard and deserves to be stroked, cuddled and generally loved. However, when working attention given to a guide dog can be highly dangerous so, please ask before approaching any assistance dogs.

For the article on GDBA’s website please visit, (https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/microsites/sponsor-a-puppy/blogs/2015/april/ever-wondered-how-to-approach-a-guide-dog-and-their-owner#.VWHdu0YrggQ).



A Review Of “Dalliance; A Collection of Poetry and Prose”

I was delighted to receive the following 5 star review of my book, “Dalliance; A Collection of Poetry and Prose”:


“I have read this collection through twice. I admire those who can generate power through brevity to create a visceral reaction with their words. This is

a prime example. Well worth the read”.


Many thanks to the reviewer for their review of “Dalliance”. For the review please visit, (http://www.amazon.com/review/ROLK123LJN8N7/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00QQVJC7E).

The Author/Editor Dynamic

Several days ago, while travelling by train I fell into conversation with a lady. Our interaction began by her admiring my guide dog, Trigger and proceeded on to a discussion of our respective occupations. It transpired that my companion was an editor for a small publisher. She mentioned how some authors could be “difficult” at which point I felt it only fair to reveal that in addition to my day job (the one which keeps me in Bentleys and fine cigars) I am, in addition a writer. Being blind I was unable to discern the lady’s expression and, to be frank it is one of those occasions on which the lack of vision irked me. In any event we continued our chat and we parted without even a drop of blood having been shed by either party!

My own experience of editors has been positive. The gentleman who edited the anthology to raise money for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (GDBA) generously donated his services free. I was impressed with his work and subsequently paid him to proof read my book, “Dalliance; A Collection of Poetry and Prose”. Again I was very happy with the results and would recommend his services to other writers.

I would be interested in the views of both authors and editors on this matter.






A 5 Star Review Of My Book “Dalliance; A Collection Of Poetry And Prose”

On checking my Amazon author page today, I was delighted to see that my book, “Dalliance; A Collection of Poetry and Prose has received the following 5 star review:


“The book contains an interesting collection of poems, short stories and one essay and I found Dalliance a very pleasant surprise. It’s a sometimes entertaining,

sometimes thoughtful, at other moments heartfelt, but never boring read.

The short pieces touch familiar subjects like love or the seasons and others are also quite unusual. There’s a poem dedicated to a withheld number phone

call, which woke the author in the small hours, or one, where he wonders, why we hang photos of dophins on the wall, the animal forever caught there in

one endless wave and swim.

The short stories (there are some swear words, so beware, if that isn’t your cup of tea) are again an interesting mix of a man having an affair or a girl

being scared on the way home after a fight with her boyfriend, when someone follows her down a dark alleyway.


My favourite poems are Dark Angel, which has an unexpected twist at the end and the one where the porcelian cup breaks, where a small occurrence leads

carefully to a philosophical reflection of life’s circle interspersed with the right amount of humour.


There’s something else, which makes this collection unique and special, the author, K. Morris, is blind, and therefore he can pick up on small things,

for which I am too blinded by my eyes to see”.


Many thanks to the reviewer for the above review which can be found here, (http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3OOOF1ICYPFC0/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00QQVJC7E).





In Time Of Pestilence By Thomas Nashe

Nothing in particular prompted me to reproduce Thomas Nashe’s poem “In Time Of Pestilence” other than it being one of my favourites, together with memories of sitting contentedly, In the school library leafing through anthologies.


In Time Of Pestilence By Thomas Nashe


Adieu, farewell, earth’s bliss;

This world uncertain is;

Fond are life’s lustful joys;

Death proves them all but toys;

None from his darts can fly;

I am sick, I must die.

Lord, have mercy on us!


Rich men, trust not in wealth,

Gold cannot buy you health;

Physic himself must fade.

All things to end are made,

The plague full swift goes by;

I am sick, I must die.

Lord, have mercy on us!


Beauty is but a flower

Which wrinkles will devour;

Brightness falls from the air;

Queens have died young and fair;

Dust hath closed Helen’s eye.

I am sick, I must die.

Lord, have mercy on us!


Strength stoops unto the grave,

Worms feed on Hector brave;

Swords may not fight with fate,

Earth still holds open her gate.

“Come, come!” the bells do cry.

I am sick, I must die.

Lord, have mercy on us!


Wit with his wantonness

Tasteth death’s bitterness;

Hell’s executioner

Hath no ears for to hear

What vain art can reply.

I am sick, I must die.

Lord, have mercy on us!


Haste, therefore, each degree,

To welcome destiny;

Heaven is our heritage,

Earth but a player’s stage;

Mount we unto the sky.

I am sick, I must die.

Lord, have mercy on us!