Under the yellow-green of sunlit beech

between banks of bluebells' hazy blue

where supple crosiers of new fern reach             

over verdant moss still damp with dew

a grassy lane runs beside the river


In the mystic quiet of a leafy dome

of grey bark ash, beech and mighty oak

a far cuckoo calls the dryads home

but we pass unseen by woodland folk

'til tylwyth teg wake to the blackbird call


There are old bridges, old paths, old ways lost

among ancient trees and mossy stones;

a roadside cave hints at brigands crossed -

or cŵn annwn spiriting the bones

of the dead to the darkling depths below


Between the trees slim waterfalls cascade

over slate and wet-black rock: small things

of fast twisting, splashing, shining braid

sent from hidden tarn or bubbling springs;

and walls of moss cool drip to join the flow


In deep river pools great trout lie quiet

in still waters 'neath the surface flow

which leaves the pond in tumbling riot:

through channels carved many years ago

when the gwragedd annwn swam through their realm

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Chris Armstrong

Thu 7th Jun 2018 09:01

Thanks, Desmond - that's interesting... I began to feel that the folklore and/or the Welsh language was a bit contrived or forced. Thanks for your comments.


Thu 7th Jun 2018 07:18

Hi Chris, I’ve read both versions of this poem, both are very good. I love the imaginary feel. This version with the Welsh folklore dose it more for me. Great work.

All the best des

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Chris Armstrong

Wed 6th Jun 2018 09:50

Thank you Hazel! I thought the first two verses were good enough but that it went off a bit after that! ... maybe the introduction of the Welsh folklore was a bit awkward.

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Hazel ettridge

Mon 4th Jun 2018 22:36

What a beautiful poem. So well constructed with fluid images and a great atmosphere - shamanic.

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