One Poem by Gareth Writer-Davies

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

Flora

Sugar Loaf Mountain, Abergavenny

it’s only within thirty feet of the summit
that the mountain starts

until then
a shorn hill shaped like a volcano (the stone far too young for that to be true)

in the crevices of the rocks
is the flora
that the sheep can’t reach

rue-leaved saxifrage, procumbent pearlwort
roseroot, green spleenwort and brittle bladder-fern

which are alpine (if not artic)
miniatures
astray from fauna and time

as if the gwyll
had cast a spell and hid a garden amongst the cracks

though this isn’t that type of poem
it’s just
that science has so many unspeakable facts

most plants
are actually quite dull
it’s the finding of them in unexpected places, that sets the mind racing

 

gwyll: supernatural Old Woman of the Mountain; other definitions also.

Gareth Writer-Davies is from Brecon, Wales. Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2014 and 2017). Commended in the Prole Laureate Competition (2015). Prole Laureate for 2017. Commended in the Welsh Poetry Competition (2015). Highly Commended in 2017. His first collection “The Lover’s Pinch” (Arenig Press) was published June, 2018.

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