Monday, 13 October 2014


Tanks squat in the sand
on the desert ridge.
Immobile. Refugees
are lorried away
from the border.
No fighters
are permitted to cross
the line on the map
to help lift the siege.
Who is doing the besieging?

Rebecca Gethin

Turkey tanks idle as IS attacks Kobane

Rebecca Gethin has had two collections of poetry published, the most recent was A Handful of Water ( Cinnamon Press, 2013) and two novels, the most recent was What the horses heard (May, 2014). She lives in Devon and sometimes blogs at