Poetry: Weakened by Fault Lines by Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

Flash points are omnipresent

in our shared lives. You trail crumbs

of disruption through our rooms. I fail

to meet your impotent, angry surmises

about Sun readers.

You other those many

who you deem ignorant, subservient

enablers of our Tory rulers. You fail

to listen when I urge for dialogue

to cross chasms.

You remain stuck in elite

echo chambers and Twitter-fed silos.

Why do you pontificate, as if to call

out injustice is your sole prerogative.

I re-arrange the mugs in our cupboard

that you ordered, to your liking.

When will you replace toothpaste lids

or switch off lights in empty spaces.

Where does kindness hide

inside our shared,

lonely lives.

I remember a time

when your smile softened

every part of me.

I must leave.

And yet today,

you volunteered

to clean my smelly,

muddied walking boots.

This moved me to stay

awhile, to search for

maps, the compass

we’ve misplaced.

Ceinwen lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been widely published in web magazines and in print anthologies. She is a Pushcart (2019 & 2020) and Forward Prize (2019) nominee. She believes everyone’s voice counts.