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There was a great ditch

And an avenue of trees

Leading directly

From the busy town

To the cemetery’s silence

Ornate gates sick with rust

Relics of grander times

When they marked the way

To ancient Plascrug

Back and forth we jumped

Across the weed choked water


There was a Scout Hut

Near a playground

A row of park benches

Where we sat in summer

Places to kiss and smoke

Cover for the timid to hide

As bicycles sped by

Back and forth we jumped

Across the weed choked water


There was a stone wall

Topped with broken glass

We peered over it

Watched lorries being loaded

Alongside a railway line

Heard the engine’s whistle

And the hauliers curse

Back and forth we jumped

Across the weed choked water


The night before we

All left home for good

We gathered in Plascrug

In the eerie darkness

High on beer and excitement

And for the last time

Back and forth we jumped

Across the weed choked water.

David SubacchiAberystwythpoetryWelsh PoetsLiverpool Poets




Paul sadler

Sat 28th Apr 2018 17:47

David, I caught your poems at wrexham carnival of words, and the poem about your father's watch really touched me, so went looking for your other poems, and came across this one. I also grew up in aberystwyth before moving to wrexham and remember vividly plascrug, especially the day my dog jumped in the weed choked water. My parents also come from llanpadarn but they moved away, and for my dad's 70th birthday all he wanted was go go back to aber and revisit the walks and places of his youth, and top of the list was plascrug and remember the days he and my mum courted and planned their futures....and as it turned out me. Funny how a place is so important to so many. Thank you for sharing your poems, diolch am y cerddi.

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David Subacchi

Fri 28th Nov 2014 21:45

Thanks for the positive comments Cynthia. I try to post a poem on here roughly once a month but don't always succeed. :)

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 28th Nov 2014 16:43

This is splendid. I'm so glad you have shared it. We haven't seen much of you lately; and, yes, that is a complaint.

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David Subacchi

Sat 22nd Nov 2014 14:45

Thanks Margaret. I go back quite a lot. The place is full of inspiration for me. But I no longer jump across the ditch!

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Margaret Holbrook

Sat 22nd Nov 2014 09:47

Like it! Very evocative of remembered places. Have you been back? Sometimes it can be a disappointment,(only saying that as I've fallen foul of returning to places a few times!)

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David Subacchi

Fri 21st Nov 2014 18:59

From my Collection 'Hiding in Shadows' published by Cestrian Press (2014).

You can find more of my poems on line including some videos by searching on SUBACCHI POET.

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