Welsh Haiku Readings at Kenilworth Park, Portland Oregon

The Welsh Society of Oregon held a picnic at Kenilworth Park in Portland, Oregon on September 10, 2016 calling the program “Haiku for Welsh People.” I created a few poems to read at the picnic that were inspired by my trip to Wales earlier in the summer.

“Welsh Haiku” by Jim Mockford

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Stone Stairs to the Keep

A Red Dragon flies above

The Castell Caerdydd

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River Taff boating

Across Bay to Mermaid Quay

Where horizons sing

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Venison Meat Pie!

Pieminister I must be

Oh, grateful gorging

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Picau Y Ar Maen

Currents and Castor Sugar

Welsh Cakes and jam split

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Bara brith sweet bread

Flavorful tea, fruit, and spice

And candied peel too!

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Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

Stadiums and streets in song

Welsh Football Season!

(Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau = “Old Land of My Fathers”)

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Great Land of Singers

Gwlad a Chantorium

Don’t forget to dance!

(Gwlad a Chantorium =”Land and Singers”)

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Cymru fy nyddig

Landscapes for merry muses

Language of minstrels

(Cymru fy nyddig = Cambria, of mountains)

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Haiku inspired by my finding an old box of family letters written during World War II

Winter Forty Five

Grandson fighting in The Bulge

Snowing in Cardiff

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Battalion Half-Tracks

Rushing soldiers to the front

Engines full throttle

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Five Hundred Mile Race

Across France to Margarotte

Fifty-Fifth A.I.B.

(A.I.B.= Armored Infantry Division. 55th A.I.B. was a battalion of the

11th Armored Division, Patton’s 3rd Army in the Battle of the Bulge)

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Baptism of Fire

Buddies who never came home

Old Man’s memories.

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Cemetery Crosses

A familiar name is found

“Hell of a Good Guy!”

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Haiku inspired by the centenary of World War I

Royal Welch Fusiliers

Fighting in the Mametz Wood

In Parenthesis

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The Great War Poet

Shell shocked and home at last

Never left the trenches

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David Jones, Great War Poet and Royal Welch Fusilier at Mametz Woods

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A Welsh Red Dragon

Tearing at barbed wire

In Memoriam

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Westminster Vigil

Changing of the Royal Guard

Grave of the Unknown

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Sixteen Great War Poets

Immortal Poets Corner

Westminster Abbey

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100 Years recall

Battle of the ghastly Somme

Uncle Herbert’s Grave

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Jim Mockford at grave of great uncle Herbert Mockford at Combles Communal Cemetery in The Somme.

 

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