Silhouette Soldiers.

I have just published my third book of poetry called Silhouette Soldiers at the grand old age of 81 on the 6th of July 2019
When I look back, I realise now the impact that the Great War (1914-1918) had on my life even though I was born 20 years after its conclusion in 1938. My Father fought in the battle of Manchester Hill was shot in the head, taken prisoner and tended by the Germans. He was repatriated in 1919 to a hospital in Edinburgh. After he was demobilised, he suffered from the effects of that conflict until his death, the day after my 9th birthday in 1947.My mother always said that the man who came back from the conflict was not the same man who enlisted in 1916
I have written many poems about my childhood during the 39/45 war, my dad was on low wages, food was scarce and we were poor, most people on our Manchester council estate were in the same situation. I grew up without the influence of a father in my teenage years, my mother had to go to work and I became a “latch key kid.” The key hung round my neck and down my shirt. Money was always tight and if I wanted anything I either made it myself or did without.
I think quite a few of the many poems I have written reflect this, both in this book and in my other published works.
Two things helped me during this period .One was the local library and the other was the Boy Scout Movement, they provided me with an insight into other people’s lives, and also introduced me to the country side pursuits of rambling, climbing and pot holing ,I have a love of the open moorland that has stayed with me, I was a member of a mountain Rescue team for over 20 years.
I served in the Royal Air Force as a medic and when demobbed qualified as registered General and Psychiatric Nurse, rising to a senior Nurse administrative position before my retirement.
I have seen the best and at times the worse in the human condition, and some of my poems reflect this, though I must admit that this is at times tempered by my warped sense of humour. many poems from my 3 books published so far are featured on the blog I hope you enjoy them.

About edwardmorgan4

Have just published a book of my verse called Wordsmiths Wanderings it has 56 poems in it and is available now on Amazon I have had poems published in a number of magazine and newsletters. I have a second book now available called Peregrinations of the Wordsmith now available from amazon Nov 2016
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1 Response to Silhouette Soldiers.

  1. John Crook says:

    Hi Ted, I may not be in this Wednesday, I have bad head cold and the mother of all cough s . taking all I can but nothing is kicking its ass yet! Will confirm tomorrow

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