Thank you New Zealand and a Big Yes for International Women’s Day March 8th ❤️


Poems in the Waiting Room project

I am honoured and happy to have my poem Love’s Camel shared in a poetry card to be left in medical waiting rooms, rest homes, hospices and prisons throughout New Zealand. The poems are presented in a three-folded A4 pamphlet, printed on both sides of the card. These free cards may be read and left on site or taken away for sharing or further reading.

Each poetry card contains a children’s poem, a haiku, plus poems from NZ and international poets.

The poems are also transcribed into Braille, bound into booklets and distributed to interested members of the sight-impaired community.

For Brigid, for Imbolc 💚 and for my own mother of course, a midwife, she birthed me in February


Brigid’s Day



And so, it snows for her.

February opens white, to shine around

and she brings us together –

this midwife, this fertile goddess of the field.

How we love her, that she brings light.


And Seamus’ wife speaks on the radio

of how he loved Brigid particularly

and all womankind come to that,

which she celebrates by reading his love poem

The Clothes Shrine for Herself and herself.

And there is love on this day of Brigid

and we are not afraid.



note: Seamus Heaney’s last words were a text to his wife, Marie, saying nolle timere (don’t be afraid).


poem and photo Rose Cook

From my new book ‘Sightings’ which is available from me or:



It’s beginning to look a lot like…

🎄 Started Christmas shopping?
My latest poetry book ‘Sightings’ makes a perfect Christmas present at £4
an inspirational, pocket sized, stocking filler 🎁

It’s a gem says David Cooke!

published by Grey Hen Press

available by post for £5 from me at

or email:

or from Amazon uk


The secret of life, of a happy life, is: leave a little space open for poetry – Massimo Bottura

Thank you. Bright winter blessings to all 💙



Looking forward to poetry outings next week


I’m looking forward to reading at the Stanza Extravaganza at the Artizan Gallery in Torquay at 7.45pm on Monday October 28th


the auspiciously timed Uncut Poets on Thursday 31st October at 7.30pm in the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter

see you there 🧡





photo Rose Cook