Cleckheaton poet looks forward to a bright future

Elias Seymour with his poetry book. (d08111105)
Elias Seymour with his poetry book. (d08111105)

A WRITER who has had more than 50 poems published is celebrating after his latest work was included in a new anthology.

Elias Seymour, of Rooks Avenue, Cleckheaton, has been penning poems for more than 20 years inspired by his Christian faith. Several years ago, Elias released a compendium of poems with his father Stanley Seymour, centred around their religious beliefs.

This month the 31-year-old is over the moon after his newest poem called Wisdom From Above was included in a new anthology of poems entitled In The Mind’s Eye.

It is his 55th poem to be published and he is hoping to add to that tally in the new year after entering two poetry competitions.

“I just love to rhyme and I have always been fond of words. I’ve also written short stories for a children’s book in the past,” said Elias, who attended the Holy Spirit and St John Fisher schools.

“I get my inspiration from God and the things I see around me.

“I’m a devout Christian and I believe that good things come to those who do good themselves. My work is inspired by my belief that things will come right in the end, but sometimes you have to go through trials first.”

Before picking up his pen, Elias was also a talented footballer for Liversedge FC and had trials, of a different kind, at Manchester United and Barnsley.

He also used his skill with the pen to become a garage music MC, before he decided to focus his talents on poetry.

Elias has entered another competition called Rain House and if his poem captures the judges’ imagination, he could have his 56th published piece appearing next year. Another poem called Animal Antics has also submitted in a further competition.

Elias added: “After I did the book with my father a few years ago, I would love to get a book deal for my work, but it’s very difficult.”