Guest Writers

This page is devoted to guest writers, authors, musicians and poets. It includes short fiction & non-fictional stories, lyrics, poetry and material which helps transform others peoples lives so that they may live more fully.
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #14
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #14

On Becoming a University Lecturer I imagined this place would be grand With spires, and Eminent professors with spectacles And flowing gowns, Renowned For their eccentricity and wisdom I imagined this place would be old With wooden panelled walls, and Long quiet corridors Cold, dusty libraries And ancient theories For students to expound I imagined

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #13
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #13

I can resist anything but temptation * You’ll never be left on the shelf Reclining there so provocatively In your skimpy white robe, Your golden-skinned body Shimmering with promise And perfectly formed.   How can I resist you –  And your enticing wickedness? ”Take me” You silently command.  And I am rooted to the spot Powerless.   I must have you now Lose myself in

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #12
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #12

Jekyll and Hyde Us    Jekyll and Hyde you, Hold me tight in the morning, Say that I’m lovely, stroke our worries away. Then somehow, and always surprisingly, Strike me down in the evening, With daggers drawn.  Jekyll and Hyde I, Feel safe in your arms, Lulled into fantasy that things are okay. Then somehow,

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #11
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #11

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

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #10
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #10

Burren Light It began this way. A notion a slight suggestion a search for questions and a yearning just beyond my reach. A curiosity wavering around the edges of my imagination tormenting me on the tip of my tongue. Until I found myself wandering in another place a wilderness so stark and beautiful so full

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #9
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #9

Comfort Eating “I’m leaving!” He declared “Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries living with you, Florentine!” “You’re so selfish” He added As he headed for the door “You always want to have your cake And eat it too” She watched him go Through the corner of her eye Out of the avenue And out

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #8
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #8

Alford Dawn White-iced wonderland Startled by a valiant sun I wake to the morn Longing for you still November’s sparks, like tinder, Rekindling old flames. 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

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #7
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #7

Autumnal Equinox Yesterday, I watched A proud, defiant sun Rise above the cool, grey sea. I felt the chill of summer’s passing Only briefly, As a hundred Swarovski crystals Danced among the glassy waves In rays of light Like theatre. A magical day, as long as night The Autumn Equinox come at last Reminds me

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #6
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #6

Ten to Seven You might have seen me walking In the company of friends On Dartmoor’s ancient trails. You might have seen us strike a pose For a selfie here and there, with No apparent cares, but to Capture those scenes for all time, Of upland moors and craggy tors Of wooded vales and rivers

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #5
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #5

Postcard From Ireland I think of you in lands like these Wonderful, inspiring lands With sweeping bays and rugged knocks, Cork’s Sleepy bailes and poetry folk Blush sunsets over Irish seas   I miss you most on days like these Musical, magical days When tale and ballad sound so real, that Myth and legend disappear

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #4
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #4

Misguided Fantasy I lost my head (When all about me were keeping theirs – ha!) Over you In a jumble of possibilities If not eventualities You stole my heart The day you looked me in the eyes And kissed me on the bridge  Of my nose  And other places  And I lost my way  Following you around

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #3
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #3

Message in a Bottle I will take my feelings and dress them up In fancy words On the finest vellum And seal them in a vial made of tempered glass   I will carry this with me down to the sea The ocean we’ve always shared Where it will float away And weather the elements,

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