Tydraw Farm – Inside Out

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Clearances by Rob Cullen

Visiting Scotland lots of times over the years with my Scots wife and recognising Welsh place names and what they mean pointers to a history never taught. Visiting Ethiopia and witnessing the same process threatening nomadic peoples viewed to be savages by the ruling elite, And nomadic people are under threat worldwide today ignoring what they can teach about sustainability!

I am not a silent poet

I see my people’s names

in all the places I search

but I do not see them.

I read my people’s names

on the dry page of the folded map

but the land before me is empty.

I watch the landscape

identifying the marks

that my people have named

but the sound of their voices

is no longer heard.

They are quiet

no echoing of names called

no trail of our footprints

only the trail of names

in a land that calls itself

by a strangers name.

A land echoing in its emptiness.

The mountains are still with us

but we are nowhere seen.

“And we will present our eyes to the world.

Is it pretentions to believe that we are equal?

Is it asking too much that we want to live?”

(From Deliverance: Alan Stivell)

At Kinlochmoidart 1993.

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And the two-legged wolves are hunting for prey

A poem about children alone wandering through Europe alone, Does it matter where they come from?

I am not a silent poet

Imagine it is your child

Not a Syrian baby

Not an immigrant

Not a foreigner’s child

When the two-legged wolves are hunting for prey

..

Imagine it is your son

Alone in a land

And he has no clothes

When the weather is cold

When the two-legged wolves are hunting for prey

..

Imagine it is your daughter

Hungry and thirsty

Walking alone

Where no one speaks her language

When the two-legged wolves are hunting for prey

..

Think of your child

Without a mother

Without a father

Walking alone

When the two-legged wolves are hunting for prey

..

Think of your child

Unable to cry

When there is no one

To hold you

No one to protect you

When the two-legged wolves are hunting for prey

..

Think of those children

As if they are yours

Walking alone

So far from home

When the two-legged wolves are hunting for…

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