Missing Link

by Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon


Her voice, tense and brisk,

brooked no contradiction.

Her skin un-kissed by wind or sun,

shrank from life outdoors.

Her flawless make-up, veneered

her skin to face corporate life.


Un-phased by conflict but

floored by soft concessions,

she held her tired back rod-straight,

fought weakness in herself and others

with each deliberate breath. Always

respected, so unliked: Did she know?


Our solitary boss died young

from stress and secret drinking.

We did our duty, marked her passing

at the crematorium. Gathered there

together, we heard another truth –

at nineteen her parents’ Church, aided

by a priest, a nun, deprived her

of her only child, her infant son.


Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon lives near Newcastle upon Tyne and writes short stories and poetry. Her first chapbook was published in 2019: Cerddi Bach [Little Poems] by Hedgehog Press. Her first pamphlet is due to be published in 2020. She is a Pushcart and Forwards Prize nominee. She believes everyone’s voice counts.


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