Cam ceilog – on “the quickening of the year”

Dylan delivers our milk,

Rich, creamy, butter yellow white

Blessed by mountain angels and Swiss cows

Each mouthful, pure delight.

It is 5:15 pm when he pulls into the yard

And Dinas Head still shimmers with duskling light

Dog days of January,

Murky, misty Saturday night.

“It’s as if the year is taking chicken steps” he says

The longer days are creeping into being.

Cam ceilog.

And he drove on

Much more for him to do.

This week gifted us Candlemas,

“Imbolc” as the Celts would have it.

Crocus, snowdrops, wild primrose

All peeping through the coming grass

Finca scrambling the old stone walls

And two daffodils crowning the cairn

On a windswept, frosted Carningli,

Bracken brown dejected.


Others also work long days,

On into the darkness

Injecting fresh hope

Raising possibilities of renewal.

Diminishing at least a portion

Of year long

Gloom and fear.

Salutations to our NHS

Raise a glass to

The milk of human kindness


Cam ceilog

And the quickening of the year.

4 Comments on “Cam ceilog – on “the quickening of the year””

  1. helen carey says:

    Another wonderful poem! (Lovely milk too!)


  2. stew1e says:

    This one really struck a chord with me, Marc. A timely poem. Wonderful!


  3. Jerry Bray says:

    Sums up my favourite time if year and so topical. This year a season full if hope after such a dark winter.


  4. Jo Henshaw says:

    I, too, revel in ‘the quickening of the year’ – what a wonderful phrase – astonished (even though I know by now) at how quickly into the new year one notices that the evenings fall a little later and a little later. (The mornings seem to take longer to become lighter!) I love your dairy’s winged-bottle logo, too. Thank you for sharing this poem.


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