Mostly Welsh

I grew up in Wales

Around the Swansea docks

I walked beneath huge cargo ships

Held up with props and blocks


I was made in Wales

Around the southern ports

I watched the big ships dock

My family guessed my thoughts


I was mined in Wales

Near valleys black with slag

And closing pits and picket lines

With many a mine lodge flag


I was forged in Wales

Watching across the bay

The glow from hellish fires

Roll steel  night and day


I was taught in Wales

In Swansea's English Grammar

But little learned of little taught

And left in search of glamour


I had grown in Wales

But sailed off to sea

On ships I'd stood beneath

Dreaming far beyond the quay 


I have lived in Wales

Nearly all my years

It's made me what I am

A poet before my peers


I have lived in Wales

Nearly all my years

Its country, myth and culture

Hold both my heart and fears    


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Chris Armstrong

Wed 21st Feb 2018 11:03

Thanks, both! Its funny how some poems just write themselves and others are a real struggle to get right! This came from a first line - ultimately the first line of the second verse - that I really liked and which described or led into a sentiment - feeling Welsh although born in England and not speaking Welsh. But bringing the rest together was hard work! I hope you feel that an affinity with the land making me Welsh, came through.

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David Taylor-Jones

Wed 21st Feb 2018 08:34

Lovely poem Chris, I really enjoyed the rhythm and the sentiment, ?

<Deleted User> (13762)

Tue 20th Feb 2018 19:58

each verse is almost a little poem in itself. I liked the 'glamour' verse the most - it reminded me of those great actors and singers who found fame in Hollywood. Their rags to riches stories are truly incredible. Dorothy Squires was born (in her parents' carnival caravan) in the village just down the hill from me. A small but worthy claim to fame. Thanks for posting. Col.

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