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Poetry: "Shoreline Defences" by Ceinwen Haydon

Help me build a breakwater on our beach,

a bold brise-lames, like the one we saw

in Brittany, when we were still in love

with possibilities. After so much time

has passed in facing fraught challenges,

les vagues whip up daily. Exposed,

scared, we lose patience with our lives,

with each other. Let’s set to – protect

our habitat. Working together, recalling

what works, from those early days,

collaboration might save us from going

under. Let’s build a breakwater on our beach.


brise-lames – French – breakwater

les vagues – French – waves

Ceinwen lives near Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and writes short stories and poetry. She is widely published in online magazines and in print anthologies. Her first chapbook is 'Cerddi Bach' [Little Poems], Hedgehog Press, July 2019. She is a Pushcart Prize and Forward Prize nominee. She is developing practice as a participatory arts facilitator and believes everyone’s voice counts.

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