Down in the throat of Wales

The view to end all views.jpgIn the throat of Wales,

where light is sparse, then it is best.

This land of green trousers with grey hat,

hair coiffed in bluebells, tulips,

and yellow daffodils.

She is held in frames of arbour, where bristle-faced hills

are bred for poetry – Coleridge, Thomas, Wordsworth.

Down in the throat of Wales.

 

In the throat of Wales,

we pass the standing stones, God’s elder brothers,

and their eyes follow us.

Rain falls like sweat from the coal miner’s brow

while praying hands of hedgerow herald peace on every side.

A bleating sheep choir beckons eyes up to the watching hills.

Down in the throat of Wales.

 

In the throat of Wales,

down, down the Brecon Beacons beckon, swallowed down

where the green things live – down in the throat of Wales.

At the Blue Boar Pub, regulars and weekend

intellectuals hold out town secrets.

Practiced tongues wag in dark corners, breathing out suds

and gossip and recycled stories with fresh laughter.

Down in the throat of Wales.

 

In the throat of Wales,

at Hay-on-Wye – these streets are full of pages,

ten thousand dog-eared voices

tucked away on shelves and tables,

under arms and coat pockets.

American streetlights bow to clock towers, cheery pubs,

and weary stones. Long-drawn lines of primogeniture sing

the songs everyone still knows. And, the many-throated

happy-hour jubilee of a thousand years gone by

still steeps in the glow of candles,

wine-bright eyes, and cell phones.

Down in the throat of Wales.

 

In the throat of Wales,

the hills stand guard, where stone and memory bleed

the colours of the ancestors,

drawing their long and bloody shadows over Beddgelert.

The River Colwyn, host to muddy boots and hooves and paws –

I pause to imprint her banks of sleep.

Down in the throat of Wales.

 

In the throat of Wales,

Harlech’s stiff-shouldered castle juts out a jarring face

into Cardigan Bay, catching salt kisses

blown from the cold, grey sea.

Oh, where to wander in this wild and brooding land,

where friend is stranger – stranger, friend –

and all that ever wrung true hangs tightly

to the soft skeleton of a land made

from the stoutest stone, the strongest sheep, the swollen stories

of hearts that glow brighter than the smiles of children?

Down in the throat of Wales.

 

In the throat of Wales,

I place my ear next to her breast

to hear the consonantal tongue

make love to songs as old and wise as she –

where still, of all sad souls,

the blind man is poorest.

 

Down in the throat of Wales.

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4 thoughts on “Down in the throat of Wales

  1. Dearest Robert… once again your poetry touches deep within my soul. I’m feeling the need to ask you at this very moment — would you ever consider publishing a collection of your sheer excellence? If I could encourage this in any way (humbly) I sure would. You are at true BARD, my dear friend. It’s a honour of significance to know you (and Rae).
    Bless you both. Miss you heaps! I pray you have many great experiences on your decidedly significant sojourn.

    1. I’ve wanted to publish as a poet for quite some time. However, because poetry, even more than other literature, is an art very peer reviewed, I’d need to know that I have a solid underpinning of other poets and writers who know and support the work. I’m uncertain at present what level of support that is. Hopefully, soon…

  2. Wonderful words. You are a true son of Cymru….and coupled (not in a fleshly way, though I’m sure that happens…..oh, really, moving along….) with a great wife, and awesome family, well…..(I’ve forgotten how I was going to end that sentence). Well, a wonderful poem, brother. I love the description, the personification….brilliant.

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