poems by Donald James Dolby

These poems span the years since my early twenties (about forty years now!).

There have been times (sometimes considerable lengths of time) when I have written very little and then something brings the inspiration back and a creative burst results. Sometimes my poems are written with a particular subject in mind, occasionally even to order or commission, but my favourites are generally those where something sparked an idea and then the poem took on a life of its own and ended up in a completely different place to that envisaged at the beginning. One example of this is Go With Me which was intended as a trip to a fantasy world but was never intended to end up with such a misanthropic final line!

I have chosen to divide the poems into categories but many of them could fit into more than one category.

If you choose to read any of my poems I hope you enjoy them and would welcome any comments you may have.