The Town on Saturday Night

Englynion-style Poems

Englynion (plural of Englyn) are an ancient Welsh verse-form, they are typically composed of any number of short three-line stanzas

The Town on Saturday Night

Bright are the streets to the merry passing
Of youths singing songs of bravado;
The words pour forth harsh and guttural.

The streets usher them to the bars,
Indifferently mixing with litter
The shouts, accusations and curses.

The derelict chapel stands brooding,
Its dignity wasted on darkness –
From an age once in bloom.

The mirage of concord conceals
The long years of discord –
Between two restless nations, two cultures.

The turmoil of ages seems distant,
Past glories of labour and faith –
Dark memories coalesce in the night.