In front of the big house, a wall made long ago. Caerbwdi purple sandstone, solid standing greys and blues. Washed with soft green, colour of the moorland mists. In places rough enough to catch, scratch at my black school shoes. In places slick enough to slip on, polished by the slugs and snails. Here, I danced like a prima.
Below, a long narrow patch, spreadeagled to the sun, rows and rows of little fires. Dahlias, on the lam from Mexico, in my grandfather’s glowing garden. Growing fierce, throwing heat, bigheaded and blowsy but stupendous, just the same.
There he would be, hard hands snipping blooms, bending double from the waist, braces strained. Seeing the prima, he would stand, lift up his cap, dishevel his dark hair and from a pocket take his teeth, put them in and smile ceramic. Standing tall as Bendigeidfran offering the prima a bouquet of flames.
Bendigeidfran – A legendary Welsh giant.
Catherine Baker has been published by Prole, Stand, Snakeskin, Atrium and Amaryllis. She was highly commended in the Prole Poet Laureate competition 2020. Catherine’s poems in anthologies include Poetry from Gloucestershire, Ways to Peace and Pandemic Poetry. In the GWN poetry competition she was runner-up in 2018 and highly commended in 2020.
When Good Dadhood first ran, back in 2017, it featured two Special Editions, in addition to the poems appearing on the ‘front page’ of the e-zine. This year, we had much pleasure in again presenting an Easter Special, showcasing eight poems https://gooddadhood.com/easter-special-edition-2020/.
Now, as the 2020 Good Dadhood period approaches its culmination on Fathers’ Day on Sunday 21 June, it is a delight to present another Special Edition, featuring five wonderful poems from Patricia Ace, Zoe Mitchell, JLM Morton and Jenni Wyn Hyatt. To read their poems, please click on this link: https://gooddadhood.com/special-edition-ii-2020/
Also, please do check back here on Saturday for three poems for Father’s Day from Alwyn Marriage.
Meanwhile, here are two lovely photographs from Patricia Ace and Zoe Mitchell … with their Dads.
Belinda Rimmer has worked as a psychiatric nurse/counsellor with troubled children; taught the creative arts in primary schools and lectured in Performance Arts. Her poems have appeared in various magazines, including, Brittle Star, Artemis, Obsessed with Pipework, Dream Catcher, The Dawntreader and Sarasvati. Some have been published on-line with Writers Against Prejudice, Ground, Open Mouse, Clear Poetry and Picaroon. Belinda also enjoys writing short stories.