Release from Quarantine
I walk out of my west-facing back door, surrender to blustery winds soaked in sunned warmth. Breezes snatch my blue batik dress by the hem and my cream harem pants billow like sails propelling swift schooners on high seas. My skin flushes, sheens salt-sweat by the time I skirt the village green. Summertime swirls, wraps me round with dancing butterflies, lifts my mood and ears with tapestries of birdsong. I stop clenching my jaw, grinding my teeth. I breath full and deep for the first time in two weeks. My itchy feet find a cadence, a match for my release. I wander in the waiting world, neighbourly and new, glimpse paths to explore and streams to leap. Full-leafed trees rustle and sway gifting gentle shade. I inhale, smell wild garlic to gather, seasoning for tonight’s al fresco tea. I grin. Bluebells nod to me and welcome solitary bees.
Ceinwen lives near Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and writes short stories and poetry. She is widely published in online magazines and print anthologies. Her first chapbook, ‘Cerddi Bach’ [Little Poems], was published in July 2019 by Hedgehog Press. Her first pamphlet is due to be published in December 2021. She is a Pushcart Prize (2019 & 2020) and Forward Prize (2019) nominee. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University (2017). After a career in the public sector, she is now developing practice as a participatory arts facilitator. She believes everyone’s voice counts.