Cariad

 

Come live in this cave cariad
Come dwell in this candlelit womb
Come wallow in warm, sybaritic storm
Come glister in aqueous gloom

Come cwtch in my arms cariad
Come swallow the warmth of my breast
Come feast your sighs on this ritual dance
Come gaze upon ardour undressed

Come listen to shadows cariad
Come hear their untarnished truth
Come rid yourself of your hellions
Come renounce your renegade youth

Come live in this cave cariad
Come seize the salve to your wound
Come grasp the ancient catholicon
Come revel in rapture cocooned

 

 

 

 

~  I’ve used two Welsh words in this piece that are commonly spoken even by those who speak very little Welsh. Cariad (pronounced carry-ad) means love or a term of endearment as in ‘my love’. Cwtch (pronounced cutch) means hug but the literal meaning is a safe place, so if you give someone a cwtch you are giving them a safe place.

 


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21 responses to “Cariad

  1. Hei Carys, thanks to Luke for introducing me to your work. Love your interweaving of the Mother tongue to your longing lines here!

    Shan
    x

    • Thank you Shan, I worked very hard on the language of this one so that the Welsh words didn’t overpower the piece and felt an integral part of the poem. Really appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment.

  2. moondustwriter

    Love the Welch and the sensual feel the words give this piece. It carries the feeling of the Welch language as well

    Nicely penned
    Thanks for sharing with One Shot

    Moonie smiles

  3. Sensual lines that invite safe haven for love and healing. Excellent write.

  4. Beautiful cadence and language. Reading it was like singing–much mind, as well as body, and the Welsh gives it a timeless feel. Just lovely.

    • Thank you hedgewitch. It is often said that the Welsh accent has a sing-song quality to it. It’s wonderful to know that musicality can be felt on the page.

  5. this was wonderful…and thanks for teaching us some new words as well…nice one shot…

  6. there’s always such a depth and warm sensuality clinging to your words julie – i esp. enjoyed the welsh words – cwtch for a safe place – this is gorgeous

    • Thanks Claudia, for your visit and your kind and encouraging words. Cwtch is one of my favourite words, not just in the Welsh language, but on any language, it holds such comfort and safety.

  7. ladynyo

    A very lovely, and impassioned poem.

    The reading was spot on…the level of intensity, cadence, emotion carried these wonderful words.

    Overall, an intense, intense and passionate poem and reading.

    Not a stumble in the music, and you use the Welsh to great effect.

    Lady Nyo

  8. Tightly-woven, mounting poem – excellent.

  9. Becky Kilsby

    the words on the page are intensely musical, Carys, but hearing your voice transforms to quite another emotional level…this is wonderfully written and spoken. I’ve read poetry forever, but have only recently taken my first steps in writing….loving the fear of it…and the inspiration of the poets I am meeting….Luke’s blog captured me first and from there to here…Thank you for sharing your talent and joy in our langauge(s)…

  10. Becky Kilsby

    the words on the page are intensely musical, Carys, but hearing your voice transforms to quite another emotional level…this is wonderfully written and spoken. I’ve read poetry forever, but have only recently taken my first steps in writing….loving the fear of it…and the inspiration of the poets I am meeting….Luke’s blog captured me first and from there to here…Thank you for sharing your talent and joy in our language(s)…

    • Thanks so much for your feedback Becky. This is one of my favourite pieces and the only poem I’ve ever recorded, so I’m thrilled you enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading some of your work.

  11. Finally! Found the written words of the poem. Had to do a lot of stalking, ya know. :\

    This is like, almost, two years old. Whoa! The comments are especially amusing- Luke, Shan and Becky, all new acquaintances. 🙂

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