for National Poetry Day on October 2nd

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When his mother died, Seamus Heaney

wrote a poem about folding a sheet with her.

 

So many days I have lifted sheets

from the line with my own mother.

 

She taught me the way of folding.

Together we would dance to and fro,

 

handing the cloth to her as she made

the final fold, a pat and sigh,

 

that slight smile to meet my eye,

then on to the next.

 

I never wanted it to end.

 

 

poem and photograph Rose Cook

 

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New poetry reading dates

I will be reading my poems at:

Plymouth Central Library, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AL   

on Saturday 20th September    2-3.30 pm, with  Ann Alexander, Caroline Carver. A free event from Grey Hen Press.   

Also on Sunday September 21st at 7pm at TAAG, 4/5 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8DD for World Peace Day

and at the Torbay Poetry Festival on Monday Oct. 27th with Moor poets in the function room at Living Coasts, Torquay 10.30am-12

 

photo by Rose Cook