Thank you to Audrey Driscoll for taking the time to read and review “My Old Clock I Wind And Other Poems”.
The first poem in this collection of 74 contains the theme that pervades the entire work – the relentless passage of time.
Morris’s verses are products of reflection and mature thought, expressing both resignation and a zest for life. This poet is not fighting advancing age and eventual death, but lives with an intense awareness of the temporary nature of human lives and preoccupations. “Passing By,” for example, sums this up perfectly in only three lines. The fleetingness of beauty and attraction are pictured in “Chiffon” and “Dark and Light.” As sadness frequently follows delight /Mourn not, for there can be no dark without the light.
The poet’s mixed feelings about his relationships with others are exemplified by “Shall I Sit Out This Dance?” whose last five lines are especially poignant. “What Is A Double Bed?” further explores love, joy, and pain.
Humour is not absent from the collection…
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