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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, 1950s, image copyright Mary Evans / Historic England Collection



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