Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon

For my Daughters: Known Vistas and Those Beyond Limits 

If I could,

I know I would  

gift the Border Ridge to you –


stone flagstones paths

to gain

raised slopes on Windy Gyle.

You’d picnic

and sit sheltered

by Russell’s Cairn’s stacked stones.

Gusts of Scottish southerlies

would burst the air

and finger

your loosed braids

of curly English hair.


Any season of the year,

happy or troubled,

the purpled green of curving hills

and waves of vales

would draw you here

to sit wind-blown,

in peace, and marvel.


You’d see so very far,

over wild-played

contour lines,

the views

of ups and downs

to which the only bar

is distance,

never difference.


Have faith,

that what’s beyond

your sight

and frames your life,

weaves tapestries

of charity and art –


though sometimes

you might lack

sufficient height to see it.



Ceinwen lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and print anthologies. These include Fiction on the Web, Alliterati, StepawayThree Drops from the Cauldron, Snakeskin, Obsessed with Pipework, The Linnet’s Wing, Blue Nib, Picaroon, AmaryllisAlgebra of Owls, The Lake, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Riggwelter, Poetry Shed, Southbank Poetry, Smeuse, Bandit Fiction, Atrium, Marauder,Prole and The Curlew. She was Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition [Spring 2018] and won the Hedgehog Press Poetry Competition ‘Songs to Learn and Sing’. [August 2018]. In 2017 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.

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