In celebration of St David’s Day

My angels were singing : a poem for St David’s Day

 

Concocted over the last few spring like days, out walking the dogs, watching the birds, and thinking of those who have died : Derek, who loved Pembrokeshire and rode on Carningli most days, and also of my grandparents (and others), who do – I believe – watch over me.

 

I stood near the house

where Grace once lived,

My angels were singing.

 

I watched as birds

and daffodils dived.

My angels were singing.

 

It’s spring and the sun

bursts fat and alive.

And my angels were singing.

 

Old crow, silhouetted against Carningli rock,

purple shadowed on blackened burnt bracken,

gorse and heather reeling :

the after shock.

But my angels were singing, still.

As seagulls wheeled across the bay,

catching sea breezes,

tumbling at will.

 

The Irish Sea lies beneath

becalmed and silvered blue,

and my angels were singing.

 

Wales’ favourite saint remembered

the new season breaks forth, springing,

flowers dancing, church bells – ringing.

His angels – singing.

 

Seasons, people, live and die,

here and now is for the living.

But remember those you love or loved –

do try.

And let your angels be singing.

Let your angels be singing.

(I have shared this poem before – but it is very specific to St David’s Day and the emergence of spring – we hope – and it is one of my favourites, so I hope you will forgive me!)

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5 Comments on “In celebration of St David’s Day”

  1. helen carey says:

    Reblogged this on helencareybooks and commented:
    Happy St David’s Day everyone – I wanted to share this to celebrate …

    • Happy Dewi Saint Day to you Helen from South Wales which was nice this morning but a little dull now.Best wishes Pauline xxxx

    • June R Mordey says:

      Lovely to read this poem once again,it should be on your blog every ST Davids Day to bring us cheer.and the excitement of knowing spring is on its way.
      Thank you.
      M.J.

  2. Deborah says:

    Lovely. It is a true celebration of life. Thank you for starting my day with this joy.

  3. stew1e says:

    It’s one of my favourites, too, Marc. It’s got to be one of the best you’ve ever written, I think.


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