Inconsistent. by Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

Burgeoning July tips over into arid August, meets
seeds of summer’s eventual demise, her absorption
into autumn. Soon, swallows and swifts will fly
and mists will settle in our valley. My skin
will delight in licks of cool air, its escape
from heat-rashed days, oppressive
restless nights and dehydration.
Sore eyes will freshen, moist
mornings will embrace new plans
to pack my hours with writing, walks,
reading and unhurried talks with friends.
Darkness at bedtime will greet my fatigued
body, sink my mind and I will not dread sunshine
birdsong and planes poking sleep aside at four a.m.

Yet, ever inconsistent, blanketed deep in winter’s solstice,
longings stir again, to be overheated, lustfully bedded in July and August.

Ceinwen lives near Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and 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 2021. She is a Pushcart Prize (2019 & 2020) and Forward Prize (2019) nominee and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University, UK (2017). She believes everyone’s voice counts.