All the way to the very bottom


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All the Way to the Very Bottom



People are for love.

They are for meeting.

They are for looking out

of their skins at each other.


People are for uncovery.

They are for gazing.

They are mirrors, bridges.

They are the other leaves on the tree.

They are for being not-me

like an apple is not an orange.

People are not for peeling.


Together we are people.

It is a puzzle, this drawing need

this holding and this unease.



poem and photograph Rose Cook


The Lonely Whale – a poem published in The Broadsheet 3 this month – alongside many other wonderful poets


This poem is about a whale in the Pacific which has been swimming around for over 20 years calling…but his call is like no other whale species, so other whales do not hear it or respond.

The Lonely Whale

He calls for love in long, low moans,

he will sing like this for hours.

Perhaps some female will hear his song.

His pitch is higher than other whale species,

like the lowest note on a tuba.

He sounds his message in deep space,

a lost spacecraft, spirals

a chthonic mayday, over and over,

his entire life in solitude.

                                                                                                               poem and photo Rose Cook

for National Poetry Day Thursday October 8th 2015 – the theme is Light

Daily Light                  by gray wolf

Morning Light I welcome thine into mine day bring forth thous light warming thous heart that glazes upon thine!


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The Changing Light                                         by Lawrence Ferlinghetti


The changing light
at San Francisco
is none of your East Coast light
none of your
pearly light of Paris
The light of San Francisco
is a sea light
an island light
And the light of fog
blanketing the hills
drifting in at night
through the Golden Gate
to lie on the city at dawn
And then the halcyon late mornings
after the fog burns off
and the sun paints white houses
with the sea light of Greece
with sharp clean shadows
making the town look like
it had just been painted

But the wind comes up at four o’clock
s weeping the hills

And then the veil of light of early evening

And then another scrim
when the new night fog
floats in
And in that vale of light
the city drifts
anchorless upon the ocean



photo Rose Cook


Give Peace a Chance – celebrate the International Day of Peace September 21st 2015


What some have said about peace:

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

“There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama

“I want to see peace dancing in the heart of every human being.” – Prem Rawat

“If we have not peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

“Your every thought, feeling, perception, spoken word, and performed action reverberates into the universe.” – Baba Muktananda

“Peace is not an absence of war. It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, and justice.” – Baruch Spinoza

“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” – Anton Chekov

“If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.” – Lao Tzu

“There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that peace which is within the souls of men.” – Black Elk

“Let your heart become so saturated with love that you are able to ride the waves of change with equipoise, and find new meaning in everything that happens.” – Gurumayi Chidvalasananda

“We must restore hope to the young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.” – Pope Francis

“We must join with the tens of millions all over the world who see in peace our most sacred responsibility.” – Paul Robeson

“What is there at this moment that you lack?” – Zen proverb

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it, one must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Unless he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet eaten in anxiety.” – Aesop

“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” – Marvin Gaye

“I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches, but we want to train our children right. We cannot take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.” – Red Cloud

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education. All politics can do is keep us out of war.” – Maria Montessori

“Peace is not a luxury. It’s not an option. It is fundamental to the existence and well-being of a human being to have peace in their life.” – Prem Rawat

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace is not made at the council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.” – Herbert Hoover

“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.” – Thich Hnat Hanh

“There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: have they brought you inner peace?” – Peace Pilgrim

“Peace is joy at rest, and joy is peace on its feet.” – Annie Lamott

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s mind. If a man can control his mind, he can find the way to enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha

“I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding that bringeth peace.” – Helen Keller

“There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.” – Morihei Ueshiba

“Every human longs for peace and love.” – Hiawatha

“Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people’s if we are always criticizing trivial actions which often are not real defect at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” – Carlos Santana

“The kingdom of heaven is within.” – Jesus

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.” – Elie Wiesel

“There was never a good war or a bad peace.” – Benjamin Franklin

“We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace.” – Martin Luther King

“In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.” – Herodotus

“In our daily life, we can smile. If we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is most basic kind of peace work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can’t bomb it into peace. Power to the peaceful.” – Michael Franti

“The real and lasting victories are those of peace, not war.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy.” – Thomas Jefferson

“We are not at peace with others, because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves, because we are not at peace with God.” – Thomas Merton

“It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion than to restrain them and direct them towards the patient labors of peace.” – Andre Gide

“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” – Desmond Tutu

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” – John Lennon

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it more fully in your heart.” – St. Francis of Assisi

“I can promise you that women working together — linked, informed, and educated — can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” – Isabel Allende

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he will become your partner.” – Nelson Mandela

“Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.” – Bertrand Russell

“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.” – Geroge McGovern

“Peace is a choice.” – John Denver

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” – Eckert Tolle

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” – Dalai Lama

Autumn, new beginnings.



Fox Days




His father gives him an old hunting coat –

scarlet, moth-eaten, the one he used

when he was ringmaster one summer.


Our son assembles his outfit –

a girlfriend bends, narrows her eyes

to apply makeup to his upturned face.


She kohls his eyes, lengthens lashes,

burnishes his lips cinnabar, finally sprays

to rust-redden his hair, already gelled wild.


He stands to adjust flame ears,

pulls on the geranium jacket.




In the autumn, having left home, he rings,

he says out on the dark road, he can see a fox –

there, there right in front of him,


as if I can see, as if I am with him.

He asks how it is now.

I say fine. It is time to let go,


so these reassurances

that all is well,

while under it


a vixen finds her den empty,

cubs gone – left or taken

the heart cannot tell the difference.




poem and photograph Rose Cook