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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