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Thoughts from a Faraway Place-bookcover

By: John Eaton

Thoughts from a Faraway Place

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There are different ways of telling life stories; this book is about my stories in verse with truth and honesty and also with humour and pathos. So much is true to human behaviour, whether it is the cones on the road or thoughts about people’s inability to see their own shortcomings. There is a part of me that finds something humorous in a word or a sentence which leads to a story with a twist, such as in a sentence in the first verse which includes the words ‘blubbaldy-blobaldy-flibadyflob, flibbady-flobbady-boo’, sometimes following a word with another similar word and letting them follow each other until I find an end. Finding words and meaning has been therapeutic tool for me in a time when I needed to say something, even if that something was nothing.



It may not be what you expect, a word that is never used,

a neologism,

with the help of a little entrepreneurialism,

must gain respect, as I suppose,

what I write is not prose,

but it rhymes and chimes like Moet,

though I do not consider myself a poet,

so with pure probity,

I call this work,


John Eaton is a care home owner and manager who has worked in the public sector before leaving to create a service for people with mental health/learning disabilities. He has written many training programmes for the care sector workers and has had a book published on a step-by-step guide to investors in people. Much of the punishment, pathos and proclamations comes from his day job, with a sprinkling of other thoughts as he wanders through the panoply of his life.

Customer Reviews
5 reviews
5 reviews
  • Soe Potter

    Very amusing, has a lot of insight into people's behaviour.

  • Jean Hill

    Amusing and thought-provoking. Will make you smile. I liked The Liquor and the Bun, fun with a serious message. 1972 was a sad but poiniant story of it's time

  • Krisztina Rahel Horvath

    Great poems! it provides easy relaxation but at the same time has deep content. I really recommend everyone to read it.

  • Elizabeth Porter

    The book came within three days of ordering it - I'm well into reading it now!! Great stuff! A lot of the poems made me chuckle, which is really good at the moment!

  • Suzannah George

    The book makes an interesting and thought provoking read. Poetry isn’t normally my thing, but I really enjoyed reading each verse.

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