I ran
she said, you’ll fall over, stupid

I tripped
she said, one day you’ll break a leg

I sang,
she said, you’re badly out of tune

I smiled
she said, that’ll get you into trouble

I lived
without running, tripping, singing, smiling

I screamed
silenced her, claimed my stalled freedoms


Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon    

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 was published in July 2019: ‘Cerddi Bach’ [Little Poems], Hedgehog Press. She is a Pushcart Prize (2019 & 2020) and Forward Prize (2019) nominee She is developing practice as a participatory arts facilitator and believes everyone’s voice counts, even when their stories are hard to hear.

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