Monday, December 12, 2016

It was never meant to be permanent by Keith Wallis

by Keith Wallis

There’s a dancing light colouring the sky,
its crayon lining cosmetics
an eye liner eye-grabber
beyond the prisming rain.
It fades as the snappers dilute it
with their camera-phones -
the paraphernalia of instants
and facebook boasting.
It was never meant
to be permanent,
but now lies captured
and repeated at whims
on screens.
The beauty stays in that moment -
the conversation of eye and sky
the penetration of light
and the intimacy
of seeing.

Keith Wallis is an English poet. He is a senior part of the leadership team of Houghton Regis Baptist church. And an engineering designer by trade he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. As well as being ‘poet in residence’ at Ruby e-zine he is a moderator at

On his main blog of ekphrasic poetry ( )  you’ll also find links to previews of his books. This blogs 'a River of small Stones' has much shorter concise pieces and some haiku: 

Married to Val in 1970 they have two sons and three grandsons. The eldest grandson is disabled and cannot communicate verbally.  Though not an ‘academic’ (school was a disaster for him AND his parents) he was always fond of writing. He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s after being encouraged by David R. Morgan at that time a community writer in residence.

He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s. Small press magazines were in their heyday and a number of small press magazines and anthologies took the work. He also produced the cover art for a number of books by other poets and graphics which appeared in the magazines. Four small booklets were published over the following few years, three published by Stride Publications and one by Sol Publications.

Recently work has been published by:  
RootsWorship, EveryDayPoets, Poetry Monthly International, Word Catalyst Magazine, The Cypress Times, Christian Poet's Pen, Perpetual Magazine, Bewildering Stories, Faith Filled Family magazine, Ruby magazine, Poetry Space and others.

Recent Books:

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