All Souls Day Oxford

Author | John Stocks

Let me find you here,
In this still place, the mist soft rising
From the dawn, from the half frozen earth.
Here, where there is redemption in the disarray
And we are boundless, beyond reality.
Let me find you here
Bold and brilliant.
Our youth still blazing
Like a winter fire.
In the wild slip-stream
Of some soaring dream
Beyond transient mortality.
Let me find you here,
When we are light and shadow
Nothing more.
When our faint footsteps,
Will not stir the silence,
Or tremble the old bones
Of the ancient dead.
Or suffer the frailest leaf
To change course as it falls.


About the Author | John Stocks since 2010 has appeared in the UK ‘Soul Feathers’ anthology, alongside Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, Maya Angelou, Sharon Olds and others. He has also had the honor of sharing a page with Maya Angelou in the anthology, ‘Heart Shoots.’
He has a poem in ‘This Island City’ the first poetry anthology of poems about Portsmouth and he is also featured in The Cinnamon Press anthology, ‘Shape Shifting’, The Northern writers anthology, ‘Type 51’, and in the Red Claw press anthology, ‘Seek it’. In May 2013, he had poetry in the international anthology, ‘For Rhino in a shrinking world’
In 2016, he has had poems in an International Anthology for Seamus Heaney, the annual literary review of The Long Island Poetry Collective, New York and, ‘Trainstorm’, an anthology of Railway Poetry, published in South Africa and London.
He is the poetry editor of Bewildering Stories magazine and has published a number of creative anthologies. He spends a considerable amount of time encouraging and working with young poets, many of whom have been published for the first time. He is currently working with Mappin Writers,  the creative writing group of the Sheffield Institute for the Blind.