January ~ excerpt from ’ Fresh Start: A Shepherd’s Calendar’ (Rose Cook)

JANUARY    

Month of Snows   Isolation

Cold moon   Quiet moon   Old moon   Death moon    

leaves ice   land begins to freeze   Ice moon 

 

This bell will ring when you see your North Star.

Some days everything is illuminated, on the hillside the paths

sheep have made down the steep slope look like the veins of a leaf.

In the frozen garden, first snowdrops shake pale joy.

Frost descends hard, then we once again become strangers.

The close ways learnt are lost – kissing, hugging, intensity, thrown

back now to the chilly ways of childhood.

 

 

 

Available from rosecook108@gmail.com at £4 plus p&p

published by Hen Run, Grey Hen Press 2021

(photo Rose Cook)

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