International Women’s Day 2020

My great great great grandmotherShares her nameWith a literary heroine;Eliza Bennet.In 1841,Unable to claim itIn pen and ink,She marked her marriage certificateWith an 'X'. Her daughter,Selina,My great great grandmother,Before she was twentyTravelled two hundred miles,Alone,To workBeneath Burnley’s churning chimneysAnd choking cotton clouds. Her daughter,Ida,My great grandmother,Built family,Gave care,Protected love,In the angry entrenched shadowOf a big … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2020