Hinterlands #1: IAITH

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Hinterlands #1: IAITH

IAITH

My iaith runs through a stick of rock

and in my sugar stuck teeth

it tastes like peppermint and the sea.

 

Its sound is drumming, thrumming fingers

pulling at harp and heart strings.

Its sound is drumming, thrumming fingers

pulling at harp and heart strings.

 

My iaith rolls like waves and valleys in my mouth,

like my sister's eyes when I say shwmae.

 

I thought it our iaith upon a time,

before its lilt ebbed away with the tide.

 

Are you voting Plaid CEMree? CymROO?

I find a familiar alphabet in laughter.

 

Is that the letter ch in my throat?

Or am I preparing to spit at the feet of those

who dance on its grave?

 

They grind it under their heels, my iaith.

 

The stone they claim reads:

Here lies Cymraeg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shauna Leigh Brown

Shauna Leigh Brown

Shauna Leigh Brown was born in Swansea, South Wales, in 1998. She is currently studying English Language and Literature at Regent's Park College, at the University of Oxford. Prior publications include: 'Art and Anarchy', (Edgar Wind Art and History Society) Oculus Journal, 2017.


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