One Poem by Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

Attachment Disorder Breached at Last

Need sees her seek food and water, where she can.
Ravenous beyond any prospect of satisfaction
each small nourishment reminds her strung nerves
of starvation   staved away for impermanent now.
Hunger does not demand a surfeit    merely
a sufficiency   unachievable in a cruel family.

Shallow tubers suck weak resources    harvest
residues from thin and arid soil. Ravenous aches gnaw
deep underground, trick her near-defeated self to think,
this is all there ever is, or evermore can be, for me.

She’s primed to make one bad choice after another
and her adult life

remains unfed
until this Spring    her rhizomes extend and split,
take risks, branch out to let light in.


Rhizomes – a continuously growing horizontal underground stem which puts out lateral shoots.

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 has an MA in Creative Writing [Newcastle 2017]. She believes everyone’s voice counts.

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