By Gráinne Costello


Woodland floor beneath,
soft, connects to earth.
Comfort in the bird song,
Deep breath,
excruciating pain,
mystery, giving birth.
Breeze blows gentle,
raindrops on green leaf.
Alone, untouched perfection,
Stirring newborn,
Whispers in the branches,
daylight breaking through,
Master’s voice,
Wonder at the creature,



A native of Co. Galway, Gráinne Costello returned from New York in 1995 to live in a quiet country village to raise her two children. While working full time Grainne likes to find time to write, encouraged by her daughter Claire, she enrolled in a creative writing evening class with Kevin Higgins in Galway City. Encouraged by Mr. Higgins three poems were sent to The Rose Magazine, her first ever poem to be published will be Foal.