The Long Sleep
Years I slept, long and fettered
My slow-motion life
This weariness, a leaden cloak
My line of sight
Blurred by wine and circumstance
My hopes and dreams, for want of nurturing
Crushed and wounded
It took the wisdom of a trusted mentor,
A poet’s watchful eye,
And an angel’s guiding hand
To help me still the wheel
Quietude, and peaceful healing
Restore a natural order
Now the way being lit
I take my next step
On the path that is always calling.
This, my destiny.
Lesley Young / February 2021
National Poetry Day 2020 / Theme: Vision
Lesley Young – Writer and Poet
Lesley specialises in helping senior managers in the NHS and not for profit sectors to cope with the challenges they face in bringing about sustainable change. She has also run her own organisational consultancy business since 2010, and is an accredited and experienced life and business coach.
But Lesley is first and foremost a writer and poet and has been writing for more than 30 years. She likes her writing to be of the moment and immediate, which means that she leans mostly towards poetry and short stories. She has been a member of the Scarborough Writers’ Circle for 8 years, where she currently holds the committee role of publicity and website officer.
Lesley is passionate about making a difference. The healing powers of poetry, and the written and spoken word, underpin and feature in Lesley’s work always. She has a growing interest in storytelling and memoir, and has several projects in the pipeline – one of which is to develop her interest in running writing retreats, and the other to publish some of her own writing.
To find out more about Lesley visit: integracoaching.uk.com