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A young boy plays in the shell of an old car in a farmyard     Date: 01 Jan 1955 - 30 Apr 1957
Steering

 

Who needs a road?  I can reach so many

more places without one.  The broody hens

and their eggs are already aboard

as I grasp the wheel to propel them

far over the hills and away.  I can’t see

through the windscreen but,

with my feet on the ground,

there’s no need to know what lies behind:

I can hatch any future.

 

 

© Rebecca Gethin

Picture 10408656, photograph by John Gay/English Heritage, 1950s

 

 

Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor in Devon.  Her collection A Handful of Water was published by Cinnamon Press in 2013 and Three Drops in a Cauldron are publishing a pamphlet called Oracles later in 2016.  She is to be a Hawthornden Scholar and runs occasional poetry workshops.  She used to teach Creative Writing in a men’s prison and now sells children’s books.  Her website is www.rebeccagethin.wordpress.com