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Camping in Wessex


Wessex is an old name for an area of England that included the south coast. Where magpies are said to steal jewelry. Cormorants hold their wings straight out to dry after diving for fish. Seagulls react to changes in weather. Ospreys sometimes build nests on cliff ledges.






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Alternately Camping in Wessex.

A view along the Dorsett coast.
                                                                                                          Photo by Lasma Artmane @ Usplash.com




 
    

Solstice


The word solstice (heulsaf) refers to the shortest and longest days of the year respectively, when momentarily the sun appears to stand still.






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Alternately Solstice.

A field of wild grass and flowers under a blue sky with light high clouds.


Listen to John's Welsh version of the poem.


Alternately Heulsaf (Solstice).

The poem in Welsh, over a grassy field of purple and yellow flowers.
                                                                                                  Photo by Deanna Lewis @ Usplash.com




 
    

The Best We Can


Arizona is not the only place to enjoy summer rain storms, but they are especially welcome in the hot dry desert, and seem almost intimate in the mountains because of the elevation. Anyway, everyone everywhere should pay attention to the often extreme weather pattern swings these days, if only for our grandkids sake.






Listen to John's take on the poem.


Alternately The Best We Can.

NASA's photo of Earth, "The Blue Marble"
                                                                                                            Photo by NASA




 
    

And Then Rain


No one can predict the weather any distance ahead these days. Western Europe and my own Wales have broken all records for heat. The Southwest and adopted home Arizona are in a severe and extended drought, and on and on all over the world. Under these circumstances, the great cycles of seasons, whether out of sorts or not, take on vital significance for everyone. The return of measurable summer rains to Arizona this year, at least, has given the distressed land and people a little respite.






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Alternately And Then Rain.

A summer rainstorm in a
          high desert valley
                                                                                                          Photo by Michael Herren @ Unsplash.com




 
    

Eira (Snow)

This is two poems written in Welsh then translated into English later. The Welsh originals are in Englyn form; a development of ancient bardic practice. They were written in different places and  times; the first, Eira (Snow), in Hope, Idaho, the second (untitled) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The person in the snow is dreaming of a place in the sun. The musical arrangement uses traditional techniques of setting such poetry to music, known as Cerdd Dant.






Listen to John's take on the poem.


Alternately Eira (Snow).


For more about traditional Welsh poetry and music:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Englyn

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerdd_Dant
 

In the
        snow of Idaho, dreams of Jamaica.
                                                                                               Photos by John Good & Andrew Coelho at Unsplash.com.

The
        dream comes true (poem in English).
                                                                                               Photos by John Good & Niels Van Altena at Unsplash.com.
  



 
    

Cymylu (Overcast)

Iíve said it before that Wales is the Mawsynram of Europe and Mawsynram in India gets over 300 inches of rain a year.  Wellies (rubber rain boots) are essential equipment for the autumn, winter, spring and even summer in Wales!

Strangely enough, having spent childhood expecting rain, drying off after rain or being caught away from home in a downpour, I love a rainy day. Even after having thoroughly dried out in California, then Arizona, I sometimes get something like restless, if it doesnít rain for a week or more. I guess puddles are in the blood now.





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Alternately Overcast.

Chapter
        House at the Cistercian monastery in Margam, South Wales on an
        overcast day.
                                                                              Chapter House at the Cistercian monastery in Margam, South Wales.




 
    

Rhapsodic & Then Rain
Two Windscapes

Thereís a long-held Welsh folk tradition that pigs can see the wind. People can only see its effect, but as a metaphor for the human condition, it is clearly visible.





Listen to John's take on the poem.


Alternately Rhapsodic & Then Rain.

Rhapsodic as a kite blowing in the wind above Then Rain



 
     international spring...

Similar Weather



Listen to John's take on the poem.


Alternately Similar Weather.
 

 I also wrote San Anselmo Reprise while at the same friend's house.

Similar, a poem



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