Les Derbyshire


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I now live in the 'West Country' of England, in a village, in a quiet valley. I'm sure that this has an influence on the way I write and certainly on some of the subject matter.

I've always enjoyed good descriptive prose and a wide variety of poets but came quite late to writing my own poetry. I find that sometimes, when the germ of a poem starts to form, it helps me to write the ... more »

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And Then There Was You

My life used to be a calm pool,
Still,
Serene,
Hardly a ripple disturbing the surface.
All around, the rushes stood like sentries
And the water fowls dabbled peacefully in the shallows.
On the little Japanese bridge
A young man and his lover
Stood silently
And gazed
And sighed.

Like a landscape in still life.

And then there was you.

You leapt into the pool with a great splash
That startled the water fowls out of their complacency
And set the surface dancing.
The sunlight sparkled and flashed from every wave.
The sound of the ...

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