I started writing poetry when I was around eight years
old. In my school holidays, we used to
go as a family to remote parts of Great Britain, and these locations
frequently inspired me to poetry. One of
the earliest poems I recall was written while staying at a farm house by the
sea in North Wales:
“There’s a lonely cave in North Wales
Where smugglers long ago
Saw smashed up rocks, and raging seas,
And all the trees did blow.
The cave goes deep down in the rock
And was set on a beach;
It had no door, nor any lock,
But still foes never reach.”
Not my greatest work, but I was only eight!
I have included some of my very early poetry like “The
Battle of Hastings” in this book, as well as several poems that were written in
my late teens and early to mid twenties.
At that time in my life I was going through a great deal of exploration with
love, career, and trying to figure out the meaning of life. The poems are divided into categories, but
within the categories the poems are in no particular order. In recent years I moved to Sedona, Arizona,
and you will read a number of poems that I have written while living in that
community, surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.
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