Les Derbyshire

Biography of Les Derbyshire

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 'story' in the form of poetic prose before working it into a more poetic form.

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The Passing Year

This is a very English poem, inspired by my Dorset village.

The hedgehog and the toad are gone to rest;
All breath suspended, life traded for survival;
The silent forest wears a shroud
And mourns the passing of the year,
The meadow sheds its coat of many colours.
Old John forsakes the highway, seeks the barn

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