Colin Ian Jeffery is an established English poet and novelist with world-wide reputation, his books can be purchased from Amazon and all good bookshops. He was seven, a choirboy, when he became entranced by poetry after hearing the priest read the twenty-third psalm. The beauty of the words struck his soul like lightning, and his Muse began to sing. He then found poetry was being read on the BBC radio Home Service and would listen in awe and delight to such poets as Dylan Thomas, John Betjeman, and Ted Hughes.


Trigger Warning

Great Lionel was a lion tamer, bold and true
Star of circus, daredevil of sawdust ring
Bravery second to none, hero renowned.
Introduced by ringmaster stepped into the ring
Wearing red satin tights, vest, and black boots
Cracking whip, pistol on hip, haughty and proud
Entered cage with contemptuous grin
Facing three lions and grumpy old lioness.
Audience cheered and Great Lionel waved
Cracked whip and three lions obeyed
Leaping upon barrels sat quiet and still
But lioness she refused, sullen and hungry
Wanting her dinner she ate Great Lionel
Leaving only whip and black leather boots.

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