A stick-sketched heart
survives the ebbing tide.
Scalloped lines, curve, swell and taper
rolling over hard and soft sand –
fresh wind blows arcs of spray, revealed wetlands reflect argent sunlight.
Driftwood creatures throw
shadow-beings larger than themselves.
My own shadow looms Ageless, it strokes
all it over-casts: seaweed posies, pebbles
barnacled redundant shells,
dismembered crabs, stark igneous rocks, and clumsy lumps of concrete. No thing has straight lines.
Carbonised tree trunks surface,
exposed by shifting weather. Twined limbs press
together. Others splay apart, readied, holding pools of fishy brine in hollows:
all female, striding, sitting, birthing, mating.
A rotting seal stinks me from the brink of introspection.
My boots admit water,
my tooth aches, snagged by chill breezes.
I set my back, rounded, against tantrum-elements
and head for privacy to piss. A rocked enclosure lends a hand.
I begin to understand the syntax of this closed and open place.
Ceinwen writes short stories and poetry. She is widely published in web magazines and in print anthologies. She was Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition [Spring 2018], won the Hedgehog Press Poetry Competition ‘Songs to Learn and Sing’. [August 2018]. Her first chapbook was published in July 2019: 'Cerddi Bach' [Little Poems], a Stickleback by Hedgehog Press. She was a winner in the Nicely Folded Paper Pamphlet Competition July 2019 and her first pamphlet is due to be published 2019/20. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University, UK (2017). She believes everyone’s voice counts.