Inspiring words that flow in a rhythm urge you to look deep within you.
Jim Morris, of South China, has lived in Maine since 1980. This year he was prompted to put his collection of poems into a book by his grandson saying he should write a book.
Inside Out, by Jim Morris, is a collection of his 158 spiritual poems that gently urge readers to look within themselves. Morris hopes his words will lift the reader’s spirits. One of Carl Jung’s quotes reflects looking within; “when you look outside you dream, when you look within you awaken”.
On the first few pages of Inside Out, Morris introduces the depth of what will follow. Morris wrote, “If by chance as you are reading this and you start to wonder, Wait a minute, is this . . . Did he? I can tell you now, It’s true. I wrote this. . . for you.”
While studying engineering in college Morris learned how mechanical parts fit together to make a machine work. When he left college, he began thinking about how people work together to make our world work. As I interviewed Morris outside, he talked about our world as a whole. Surrounded by plants, a chipmunk and birds that stopped by, and the original internet of the roots of plants under our feet, it represented the oneness reflected in Morris’ poems.
Our world as a whole, is reflected in many of the poems in Inside Out. In the poem Beauty, Morris wrote, “Its magic is when we can come together and see it as Whole”. © Jim Morris 2023.
Some of Morris’ poems were created by the energy of his own life’s journey and some were created by the life’s journey of others. As you read through the pages you can see how he looks at even simple things from all sides.
Morris sees his book Inside Out as being an advocate for hope by helping people to focus on the moment and appreciate what they see/hear/feel in that moment. When appreciating the moment, you can go within and appreciate what you find within. Morris wrote at the end of one poem, “you’re the reason the sun shined”, and at the end of another “Go ahead and have fun”. © Jim Morris 2023.
On the back cover of Inside Out you will see, “A journey deep inside the self to look for God and a truth discovered on the way out. Inspired by everyone and everything around me. I wrote a book. The universe is filled with love. May you find some comfort here”. © Jim Morris 2023.