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Rebecca Gethin: a poem

In the haar

...horses are grazing on the unfenced cliff.

One is two-tailed. They're standing neck to neck,

teeth scraping along salty backs, soaked

in sea-fret.

Below, the bell of the sea clangs;

utters the swell,

pulled in and pealing out

across the land.

A kestrel depends upon thin air,

wings braced

on threads of wind that dangle it

here; then here.

Rebecca Gethin has written five poetry publications and has been a Hawthornden Fellow and a Poetry School tutor. Messages was a winner in the first Coast to Coast to Coast pamphlet competition. Vanishings has just been published by Palewell Press. She blogs at

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