Out to sea, squalls whip up seahorse waves.
On the beach, showers glitter crystal veils
in escaped sun rays. Lugworm-casts coil
between razor shells. Sea glass fragments
glisten in rockpools, catch in bladderwrack
and sea lettuce. Kittiwakes screech cacophonies
and hoarsely she mimics their cries. Her boots leak,
she fails to notice, her eyes fixed, intent on the horizon.
She surrenders to its pull, wades in, still clothed.
Waist deep, her knees relax and slowly sink.
She breathes deep, ready to depart.
She allows one last sky-gaze:
a heron flies, silhouetted
on an iridescent rainbow.
Her dry lips smile,
she splashes back to shore.
She’ll save for new boots
and continue to walk
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.