In the Siberian taiga by Rebecca Gethin



Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor in Devon. In 2017 two pamphlets were published: A Sprig of Rowan by Three Drops Press and All the Time in the World by Cinnamon Press who published an earlier collection and two novels. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow. In 2018 she jointly won the Coast to Coast Pamphlet competition and has been awarded a writing residency at Brisons Veor. 





















In the Siberian taiga





She won’t eat bear’s flesh,

                  It’s too dangerous to take a creature

                                    like that into your body.

You don’t know how it might

                   change you.


The hunter must bury the meat under stones,

                  permafrost being too hard to dig.

He could use the fur

                  for warmth

                                    the paws for medicine.


He mustn’t forget

                  to perform a ritual

                                    for the bear’s re-incarnation:

he won’t recognise its new body

                  but it will remember its killer. 



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