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1st June 2015: Where the Bird Was Nurtured

As part of a Creative Writing seminar on poetic form, I presented my students with this traditional englyn reflecting on the pain of exile. The location was a seminar room in Manchester overlooking a motorway; the day was cloudy and rather cold:

Ni tharia yn Lloegr noeth oeryn — o beth
Byth hwy nag uyn flwyddyn;
Lle macer yr aderyn,
Llyna fyth y llwyn a fyn.

Do not stay in cold, barren England — ever
For more than the space of a year.
The place where the bird was nurtured
Is the place it will long to return.

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