GILLIAN CLARKE – Born June 8, 1937 in Cardiff, Wales to Welsh speaking Parents she was only taught to speak English, later as an adult she learned Welsh.
2008 to 2016 Clarke was the 3rd National Poet of Wales
2010 She received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry
2011 She became a Member Gorsedd of Bards
2012 She received the Wilfred Own Association Poetry Award
Wind in the poplars and a broken branch,
a dead arm in the light trees. Five poplars
tremble gradually to gold. The stone face
of the lion darkness in a sharp shower.
his dreadlocks of lobelia grown long,
tangled, more brown now than blue eyed.
My friend dead and the graveyard at Orcop,
her short ride to the hawthorn hedge, lighter
than hare bones or men’s shoulders, our faces
stony, rain, weeping in the air. The grave
deep as a well takes the earth’s thud, the slow
fall of flowers.
Over the page the pen
runs faster than wind’s white steps over grass.
For a while health feels like pain. Then panic
running the fields, the grass, the racing leaves
ahead of light, holding the robin’s eye
in the laurel, hydrangea’s faded green,
I must write like the wind, year after year
Passing my death day, winning ground.
DYLAN THOMAS – “After 39 years, that is all I’ve done” Dylan Thomas’ final words.
Dylan Marlais Thomas – Born October 27, 1914 Uplands, Swansea, Glamorgan Wales.
Died – November 9, 1953 aged 39 in New York, United States. Post Mortem stated Pneumonia, brain swelling and fatty liver. Despite his heavy drinking there were no signs of Cirrhosis.
Resting place – Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. Wales.
Married – Caitlin Macnamara 1937 – 1953 his death.
CLOWN IN THE MOON
My tears are like the quiet drift
of petals from some magic rose;
and all my grief flows from the rift
of unremembered skies and snows.
I think, that if I touched the earth,
it would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.
PHILIP EDWARD THOMAS – Known as a War Poet.
The eldest of Six Sons, Born to Welsh Parents. He would explore Wales. Although regarded as an English Poet, having just Welsh blood run through his veins he is thought of as a Welsh Poet.
Born – March 3, 1878 Lambeth, Surrey.
Died – April 9, 1917 aged 39. Pas-de-Calais, France. Died in The Battle of Arras 1917, soon after he arrived in France.
Buried – Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Agny, France.
Married – Helen Berenice Noble. One Son, Two Daughters.
THE CHERRY TREES
The cherry trees bend over and are shredding,
on the old road where all that passed are dead,
their petals, strewing the grass as for a wedding
this early May morn when there is no more to wed.
LIKE THE TOUCH OF RAIN
like the touch of rain she was
on a man’s flesh and hair and eyes
when the joy of walking thus
has taken him by surprise
With the love of the storm he burns,
he sings, he laughs, well I know how,
but forgets when he returns
as I shall not forget her “Go Now”
Those two words shut the door
between me and the blessed rain
that was never shut before
and will not open again.
Over the land half freckled with snow half thawed
The speculating rooks at their nests cawed,
And saw from elm tops, delicate as a flower of grass,
what we below could not see, Winter pass.
Harry Donald Secombe CBE
Born – September 8, 1921 St Thomas, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales. Welsh Comedian, Actor, Singer and Goon.
Died – April 11, 2001 aged 79 of prostate cancer
Years active – 1946 – 2001
Married – 1948 Myra Atherton – 2 Sons 2 Daughters
Harry Secombe was Lance Bombardier in No.132 Field Regiment Royal Artillery
Harry Secombe played the unforgettable Mr Bumble in the film “Oliver” (1968). He was not only an Actor, Comedian forever remembered for being part of The Goons, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Michael Bentine amongst others. Harry Secombe had the most beautiful voice, but then I don’t know many Welsh men that can’t sing so beautifully.
Harry Secombe suffered from Peritonitis in 1980. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer 1998. He suffered a stroke in 1997 then a second stroke in 1999. After he died a Memorial Service to celebrate his life was held at Westminster Abbey on October 26, 2001. Most of Britain’s Royal Family were present. Harry Secombe was one of the most loved entertainers on British Television.
Sir Harry Secombe CBE – On his tombstone the following words can be read;
TO KNOW HIM WAS TO LOVE HIM.
Two of the nicest Gentlemen that were ever on British Television, the days when Entertainment was entertainment, clean and decent, not like the trash put out now. Val Doonican and Harry Secombe.
Harry Secombe – Where Is Love – from the film “Oliver”.
I have never said this before, but I can think of just two Men, one of which is Harry Secombe, this is it;
“The World would be a far better place if it were filled with people like dear Harry Secombe”
Sir Harry Secombe – If I Ruled The World