The Footbridge – Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

shudders suspended
across raucous waters,
wildly swinging in the wind.

Mother told me, ‘Stay away,’
and as an anxious child,
I obeyed.

Over years, the iron scaffold
rusts, the long ropes fray
high above the tidal river’s waves.

Would you tread
the loose rotten planks
to sway across
and step out
onto grassland beyond?

Swimming in skimmed-milk
light, its dark arc looms
and spans the churning burn.

My mother’s dead.

One day, I’ll go and fall
away fearless
to freedom.


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Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and in print anthologies. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University in 2017.


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