Poem by Maureen Weldon

RHYDYMWYN

Yesterday was a walking day,

in a Welsh Valley – whispers

past an ice age.

We wandered to the wetland

where teasel flowers live:

nesting boxes for sand martins:

big sandy cylinders on poles;

a sort of porch, an extension on the edge.

 

Yesterday was a walking day,

in the Welsh Valley.

In World War Two mustard gas

was made. Bombs.

The secret work to split the atom.

Hush, hush, bats live there now

in the high tower laboratory.

 

Yesterday was a walking day,

in that Welsh Valley.

It was autumn.

Being so old, yet young,

the sun dipped and dyed

colours on the trees. Wind

made a slight rustle around a sleeping Ash.

Yes, the trees remember, remember.

 

by Maureen Weldon (Wales)

Crannóg, 23, Spring 2010

 

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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18 Responses to Poem by Maureen Weldon

  1. MaryJo says:

    Maureen, that powerful last line, “The trees remember, remember,” and they do. They hold so much of what happened in that Welsh valley and your sensitive spirit has caught it in your walks.
    I really liked the way you began each stanza with “Yesterday was a walking day”–the use of anaphora lends itself to your musing. A lovely, lovely poem.

    Jo

    • I second that, Jo! Thanks for commenting.

    • Maureen Weldon says:

      Dear Mary Jo, Thank you so much for your kind comment about my poem Rhydymwyn, The Valley is an extraordinary place. To walk in that Valley one has to have permission. I was fortunate to be with a group of poets, and to have a historian who explained so much about the Valley and WW2.
      It gladdened my heart that nature’s wildlife has taken back so much of that Valley.

      Thank you again,
      From,
      Maureen x

  2. Donna Bauerly says:

    Extremely and powerfully understated, Maureen.

    The words “dyed” and “Ash” shout out what you do not say about the Holocaust, but still cry out among other mezmerizing memories.
    .
    Thank you for this powerful re-calling.
    Donna Bauerly

    • Thanks for commenting, Donna.

    • Maureen Weldon says:

      Dear Donna, I am hugely moved by your comment.
      WW2 was a dreadful and terrible war, as indeed are all wars, my own darling Father fought with the British for the duration of that war. The Holocaust was one of the worst, no it was the worst of atrocities, of cruel inhumanity and murder to our fellow human beings.

      Thank you dear Donna,
      Much love from,
      Maureen

      • Donna Bauerly says:

        Maureen, I need to look you up online–I would love to read more of the depth of your feeling and expression.

        I, too, am moved by you–I was a teacher for 66 years, and truly miss sharing lovely thoughts and feelings with students of many ages.

        I return that love that deep sharing generates.
        Donna

      • Thanks for commenting, Maureen.

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  4. Paul Beech says:

    Maureen, my darling, ‘Rhydymwyn’ is a truly amazing poem, the way it so beautifully conveys that eerie sense of the past haunting the present. This is something I well remember from our visits to that tiny Alyn Valley village, though we were unable to enter the secret world of the Valley Works on those occasions.

    The village is charming, with its plaque commemorating visits by Felix Mendelssohn, the German composer, and Charles Kingsley, author of ‘The Water Babies’. And of course the valley has an abundance of wildlife – buzzards and ravens aloft, wetland waterfowl; snakes, lizards, bats… the sightings board outside the Valley Works makes fascinating reading.

    But overshadowing all is the knowledge of those secret projects of the Second World War, which you tell of in your poem.

    Maybe someday, when safe from Covid, we could take the tunnel tour?

    Love always,

    Paul xxx

  5. Maureen Weldon says:

    Darling Paul, Thank you for all the lovely things you have said about my poem RHYDYMWYN.
    Yes one day when this dreadful Covid – 19 has gone, or at least is under control, we could book a guided tour of the Valley of Rhydymwyn.
    It has many secrets and a knowledge of WW2 that we would rather forget , yet must never be forgotten . And yes , the wild life has made a huge ‘come back,’ this I know you read about when quite recently we parked the car outside those gates.

    Thank you again my Love for your comments. Your Maureen x

  6. The poem lives, Maureen! What I especially experience is the resurgence of life and the quiet inherent in that natural world, which surrounds, contains, deconstructs the noise of man’s bomb-making into silence. All of life, organic and inorganic, breathes once again. Thank You.

    Warm regards,
    Donna

    * hello Paul!

  7. Maureen Weldon says:

    Dear Charlotte, Thank you so much, it has been an honour to be featured on your wonderful blog.
    Keep well and safe.
    From,
    Maureen x

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