I am sometimes told in review that there is a poetic lilt to my writing. I have always loved poetry, my favourites being Longfellow, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Coleridge and some of more modern poets.
My love of poetry started at the age of seven at the knee of my great uncle Will’ in a little village in Glamorganshire on the coast of South Wales. Uncle Will was a miner and also a scholar, who when not working long shifts down the mine, taught the children of the village. He introduced me to my first poem from a book The Thousand Best Poems in the World. This was a book published in 1891 by EW Cole. Some of the authors were famous, others anonymous as was a premise for some ladies writing in those times, most of the poetry held the flavour of nostalgic Victorian poetry.
As the festive season is nearly upon us I hope you will enjoy the one given below written probably one hundred and fifty years ago by an anonymous poet. The poetry echoes the theme of my book written specially for Love at Christmas 2. This box-set has such a wonderful variety of stories both in the contemporary or historical style.
In the coming year, I hope to present some of these poems in my blog and website now nearly built.
‘Live for Something’
Live for something, be not idle-
Look about thee for employ!
Sit not down to useless dreaming –
Labour is the sweetest joy.
Folded hands are ever weary,
Selfish hearts are never gay,
Life for thee have many duties-
Active be, then, while you may.
Scatter blessings in they pathway!
Gentle words and cheering smiles
Better are than gold or silver,
With their grief – dispelling wiles,
As the pleasant sunshine falleth
Ever on the grateful earth,
So let sympathy and kindness
Gladden well the darkened heart.
Hearts there are oppressed and weary,
Drop the tear of sympathy,
Whisper words of hope and comfort,
Give and thy reward shall be
Joy unto the soul returning,
From this perfect fountain head,
Freely, as thou freely givest,
Anonymous. Just Before the Village Blacksmith by Longfellow
Page 207 The Thousand Best Poems in the World – First Series.
Katy lives on the South coast with her husband and a loving hyper friendly dog who likes to greet and lick everyone on sight. She has a BA Hons (Psych) BA Eng.Lit. MA in Religion and Mysticism and a Hon Dr. Science for research into pain control.
She was a psychologist and hypnotherapist before changing direction for full time creative writing, Her main genres are historical romance, crime and science fiction.