she said, you’ll fall over, stupid
she said, one day you’ll break a leg
she said, you’re badly out of tune
she said, that’ll get you into trouble
without running, tripping, singing, smiling
silenced her, claimed my stalled freedoms
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.