Tina Cole is a retired education consultant who lives in rural Herefordshire. She delights in poetry that speaks about relationships and how people manage their inner worlds. Her collection – I Almost Knew You – published in 2015 deliberately brings those relationships into view. Other poems have been published in Mslexia, Aesthetica & Decanto, one in The Guardian newspaper and the recent Fairacre Press ‘Endangered Species’ collection.
She is the organiser of the Children’s Poetry Competition; poetryintenbury.org.
Finding a Familiar Face
A blackness of water
defines this city its structure
maps the grids we walk,
canals once pulled from the suck
of the bog have a determination
in their oily darkness. Rain washed
houses, masked by the slick
of winter reflect a pomegranate sky,
Inside the Mauritshuis gallery
silk lined rooms are like jewels
of light where polished paths
lead to tiny windows opening
onto oil glazed landscapes
and here her face, light flooded,
with shifting shoulder glance
and eyes bright with the secret
her mouth is about to tell
is poised at the point of movement.