We have done our time diving shipwrecks

title from George Wallace, ‘You and Me Dad’

time to head for the highlands, for the hills,
to wild-camp, cook by open fires on mountainsides,
sip single malt with spring water. Tell stories
and star gaze for hours. Time to sea kayak
unchartered currents through the Western Isles
and drown nightmares deep in Loch Linnhe.
To watch water reflect clouds, moon and sun,
bent willows and muscular oaks. And crinkled,
rippled, us in the small curved moments of our lives.
To pick dandelions, blow wispy whispered clocks
and free seeds to fly, sow and feed the fresh damp earth.

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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