🧡 Today we celebrate International Women’s Day – all women everywhere

I am thinking particularly of the beautiful women in my life – my daughter, my sons’ female partners, my granddaughters, my friends and those now gone – my mother, grandmothers, aunts…so I bring here one of my poems Bloodlines about my paternal grandmother:

poem from my book Sightings published by Hen Run at http://www.greyhenpress.com         £4 plus p&p

August…Lammas blessings


Crowning Party


This year the weather changed with rain

and cold in the North, hints of autumn.


When our children were small, we always held a party

when August began. Each wore a crown.


The barley fields wave theirs in a golden sea.

Farmers will begin to gather the grain.


My mother took us bilberrying up on the moors.

A whole wild day scrambling through heather.

Special sandwiches and pop.


photograph and poem Rose Cook

poem from Sightings available http://www.greyhenpress.com

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:  info@greyhenpress.com



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 rosecook108@gmail.com

or email: info@greyhenpress.com

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 💙