poetCeinwen E. Cariad Haydon previously worked as a Probation Officer, a Mental Health Social Worker and Practice Educator. She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and print anthologies. These include Fiction on the Web, Literally Stories, Alliterati, Stepaway, Poets Speak (whilst they still can), Three Drops from the Cauldron, Obsessed with Pipework, Picaroon, Amaryllis, Algebra of Owls, Write to be Counted, The Lake, Prole and Riggwelter. She graduated from her MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University in December 2017. She believes everyone’s voice counts.


Hang on. Always, hang on.
No. Not always. Sometimes.
Just sometimes. If only.
Always a reason.
You’ve told me already.
I told you already.
You didn’t listen. You
forgot. If it mattered, if
you cared. You’d remember.
What? Then what? Get it out.
Well, what I mean is …..
I know you said. Many times.
Let me finish. I haven’t yet.
You always …. Last word.
That’s a lie. You never let me ….
So, what now? Shall we split?
Do you want to? I asked first.
Pass the buck, why don’t you?

I need a piss. Put the kettle on.
It’s not my turn to make the tea.