This town has so long faced the sea,
I swear its rooftops roll and thunder
And pitch up and under in mimicry.
Look out from high windows, tiles
That glint and undulate will have you
Gasping for a view of far off hills.
Fix your eyes on the headland where
An angel pirouettes upon
A needle point, as great storms dare
In vain to blow away her wreath,
A ring of leaves that shows the way
To vessels swaying in the teeth
Of winds and waves below.
The heart now crosses the sea of life
And in its sights holds hope.
This is a poem to the impressive war memorial on the castle peninsula in Aberystwyth. One hundred years ago, in 1923, the monument by the renowned sculptor Mario Rutelli was opened to mark the sacrifice of the soldiers of the Great War. The only way to ensure that the same atrocities cannot happen again is by making peace a priority.
I'd like to thank Aberystwyth Town Council for commissioning the poem as part of the Town Poet project, also photographer and film maker Scott Waby for producing the video below with the Welsh poem, and councilor Emlyn Jones for bringing it all together.
Cerdd i'r gofeb ryfel drawiadol ar bentir y castell yn Aberystwyth, a gomisiynwyd gan Gyngor Tref Aberystwyth i nodi canmlwyddiant y gofeb. Clicia fan hyn i ddarllen y gerdd Gymraeg: Y Gofeb | Medi 2023.