Demeter – Carol Ann Duffy



Demeter – Carol Ann Duffy.



Where I lived – winter and hard earth.

I sat in my cold stone room

choosing tough words, granite, flint,


to break the ice. My broken heart –

I tried that, but it skimmed,

flat, over the frozen lake.


She came from a long, long way,

but I saw her at last, walking,

my daughter, my girl, across the fields,


In bare feet, bringing all spring’s flowers

to her mother’s house. I swear

the air softened and warmed as she moved,


the blue sky smiling, none too soon,

with the small shy mouth of a new moon.



photo Rose Cook


The most popular Lifesaving Poems of 2015

Anthony Wilson


Here is a list of the most-read Lifesaving Poems during 2015:

Mary Oliver, The Journey

UA Fanthorpe, Atlas

Ted Hughes, Wind

Derek Mahon, Everything is Going to be All Right

Simon Armitage, To His Lost Lover

Seamus Heaney, Night Drive

Rose Cook, Poem for Someone Who is Juggling Her Life

Naomi Shihab Nye, The Art of Disappearing

Charles Causley, Who?

Denise Levertov, The Secret

Brendan Kennelly, May the Silence Break

Carl Sandburg, Buffalo Dusk

Jane Kenyon, Let Evening Come

Julia Darling/The Psalmist, Chemotherapy/Psalm 102

Marie Howe, Prayer

Carol Ann Duffy, Words, Wide Night

Billy Collins, Morning

Galway Kinnell, St Francis and the Sow

Marin Sorescu, With Only One Life

Tomas Tranströmer, Alone

You can read a list of the most popular Lifesaving Poems of 2014 here, and the most popular poems of 2013 here.

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful new year,


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