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'Healing' / 'Possessed' / 'Woman as Anchor, Taken for Granted'

Photo: "Oxygen" by Lynne Schmidt


Anna breathes safely

in the low-lit break-out room.

Candles, scented rose and musk,

embrace her like a lover.

Feel free – to take time out

For the first time ever since

that time, you know, yes,

that one, only one of many

but the first the worst.

Later, she learnt absence,


to distance her from him

from her body-self.

Feel free – to take time out

She hugs herself and strokes

her scarred arms. Re-joins way-back

to here-and-now and times ahead.

At last

she’s freed

and comes back in.

~ Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon


after The Air Suddenly Goes Cold, music by Olafur Arnalds

by the moon goddess

she stands in whiteness

her light translucent skirts swirl

in gathering ice-breezes

her three faces

crystalline and still

I am afraid of her beauty

afraid of the chill her shade casts

over my bed my body and my mind

as all becomes her

all becomes white

her hand beckons

and I follow mesmerised

I am finished

I am no longer I

I vanish into her

drawn through her six stark apertures

void of human eyes

~ Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

Woman as Anchor, Taken for Granted

She dwells under currents of motion,

waves whipped up by restless children,

her partner’s parries with the world.

She steadies their long-ship home

tethers it to herself, irrespective of the cost.

The others don’t look down, see below.

They cast easy thank yous – when they remember,

small comfort to her freighted soul.

Over time, her metal rusts and she transforms

converts to a lighter feral frame.

Her final frantic storm, cuts her rope.

Salted by all weathers she drifts away

free at last to roam.

~ Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon


Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

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 was Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition [Spring 2018] and won the Hedgehog Press Poetry Competition ‘Songs to Learn and Sing’. [August 2018]. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University, in 2017 and is now developing practice as a creative writing facilitator with hard to reach groups. She believes everyone’s voice counts.

Lynne Schmidt is the author of the poetry chapbooks, Gravity (Nightingale and Sparrow Press), On Becoming a Role Model (Thirty West Publishing, Spring 2020), and Dead Dog Poems (Bottlecap Press, Summer 2020). She is a mental health professional in Maine and the founder of AbortionChat. Her work has received the Maine Nonfiction Award, Editor's Choice Award, Honorable Mention for the Charles Bukowski Poetry Award, and was a 2018 and 2019 PNWA finalist for memoir and poetry respectively.

Lynne is a five time 2019 Best of the Net Nominee, and when given the choice, Lynne prefers the company of her three dogs and one cat to humans.