Turn of the year

Thank you to all readers, followers, supporters, friends, relatives and rabbits who read my lil ole blog from time to time. I hope you all have a very happy year ahead, reading, writing and staying well (despite the fearful politics that may make this difficult for some or all).  It sure has been an eventful year for everyone but that is what time brings…events!

Here is a wonderful artefact to show you:

A poem by Tom Sastry

Before entering 2017

Try to see clearly what it is you love.
Whatever you love, be honest.
If it is your family, more than the world
do not be ashamed.
If it is your cat
or the smother of the morning bed
or a certain goal scored at Wembley in the 1970s
have no regrets.
Be proud of your love.
Bring it to mind. Bring it to the front
ahead of all other concerns.
It is hard to do but not impossible.
Hold it, as literally as you can, in your hands.
It is touching you. Touch it back.
Say goodbye.
You need to get it out of the country.
You need to preserve it.
Write it, draw it, pickle it, cure it
freeze it, hide it, bury it,
put it in a bottle,
tell it to a friend,
carry it in the hollow sole of an old shoe
to wherever it will be safe.

And when hope has bolted
into the deepest cave of your belly
hiding from all the temporary things,
the memory of your love will have a form
and you can summon it –

when its lightness feels like an insult,
when you need it most.


Thank you, Tom Sastry.  Hope you won’t mind but it’s perfection is all.




About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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5 Responses to Turn of the year

  1. Stunning poem Rebecca and perfect for today – thank you and Tom Sastry. One I will keep in my scrapbook along with other favourite and many-times-read poems. Gorgeous.

    Wishing you Rebecca a happy and healthy year ahead, full of all the things you love most. Thanks for all your blog posts which I do read but don’t always have the time to comment. Will try to do better from tomorrow, she says optimistically 🙂 All best things to you and yours. Valerie x

  2. Hi Valerie, thanks for this. Great to hear from you and thank you for reading! Hope 2017 is full of elephants and ducks and other things.

  3. mavisgulliver says:

    Very best wishes for 2017, for you and yours,

  4. E.E. Nobbs says:

    All the very best to you in 2017, Rebecca. I am a fan of you and your writing here at this blog and elsewhere. And I agree that that poem by Tom Sastry is indeed perfection, and like Valerie, I have added it to my favourites list. Elly x

  5. Love this poem, Rebecca. Just right for me at the moment. All good wishes to you for 2017

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