Ceinwen Haydon

Wren

tiny, rust-powdered wren, you broke cover
flitted into open air, twirled at ease
took your time, spread your round wing’s brown feathers
unrushed, you played hide and seek in thickets

flitted into open air, twirled at ease
sharp-billed trill, celebrating Spring’s shy sun
unrushed, you played hide-and-seek in thickets
hiding until your next visitation

sharp-billed trill, celebrating Spring’s shy sun
will you take another’s eyes by surprise –
hiding until your next visitation
distracted from insect feast, nest building

will you take another’s eyes by surprise
take your time, spread your round wing’s brown feathers
distracted from insect feast, nest building
tiny, rust-powdered wren, please break cover


Ceinwen Haydon writes short stories and poetry. She is widely published in online magazines and in print anthologies. Her first chapbook was published in July 2019: ‘Cerddi Bach’ [Little Poems], Hedgehog Press. Her first pamphlet is due to be published in 2020. She is a Pushcart Prize and Forward Prize nominee (2019) and has an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University, UK (2017). She believes everyone’s voices count.