The widest range of historical and cinema images for editorial and creative use
Advanced search >>

Blue tit on apple blossom


The colour of sky and sunlight

he acrobats

among the tree tops,


with his head on one side

he considers

the abracadabra


of the high twigs

where he splits open a seed

or spin-twizzles


a caterpillar

like a strand of spaghetti

and as he goblins


out of sight, you wonder

how the cobalt of his wings

grew from the yolk of an egg.



© Rebecca Gethin

Picture 10492970, illustration by Noel Hopking, image copyright Mary Evans / Medici



Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor in Devon. She has had two pamphlets published in 2017 –  All the Time in the World by Cinnamon Press (who also previously published her full collection and two novels) and A Sprig of Rowan by Three Drops Press.  She has been a Hawthornden Scholar and has had a Pushcart nomination.  She edited A Poetry of Elephants, an anthology of poems to raise  money for DSWT,  an elephant orphanage in Kenya which was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award. She currently runs the Poetry School Seminar in Plymouth every month. Her website is