David Subacchi


Teifi water flowed
Through the valley
Only two miles
From its source
So monks struggled
To protect their land
Against flooding
Soft hands bruised
By hard labour
Diverting Afon Glasffrwd
To reduce danger

These same hands
Steadily created
The chronicles
Of a nation
Brut y Tywysogion
Llawysgrif Hendregadredd
Painstaking work
Requiring the closest
The most careful
Attention to detail

There were times
Things got out of hand
Drinking and brawling
Brother against brother
Besmirching their calling
But relieving pressure
Like the constant
Playful foolery
That is the way of men
Shut up together
And yet isolated

When dissolution came
And the great walls
Were torn down
Locals took stone away
For their own purposes
Compounding sacrilege
With common theft
Much else was removed
For safe keeping
Even now we dig
Searching for something.

Copyright © David Subacchi 2015

David Subacchi was born in Wales of Italian roots. Cestrian Press has published two of his poetry collections First Cut (2012) and Hiding in Shadows (2014).
You can see more of David’s work and get further information from his blog: http://www.writeoutloud.net/profiles/davidsubacchi


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