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Some intelligent member of the peasant-class

I was often fortunate in interesting some intelligent member of the peasant-class
in my work (Georgina Jackson, The Shropshire word book)

It’s 1916. Her father’s dead from Spanish flu.
She tells the geologist stories.
How Gwendol Wrekin ap Shenkin ap Mynyddmawr
Gwendol Wrekin, son of Shenkin, grandson of Big Mountain
walked twenty leagues from the dark and basic
Mynyddoedd Duon towards the silurian strata;
the flat plains. To dam the river Severn.
To flood the bastard English.

She points to the earth scraped
from Wrekin’s boots. High Arcall, Ercall Hill –
rock that consists mainly of a rather coarse
crystalline intergrowth of quartz and feldspar.

Filed under: NaPo 2020, Poetry

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Sarah-Jane is an educator at Hereford College of Arts and a postgraduate researcher at Birmingham City University. Her poetry can be read in various journals, including the Muddy River Poetry Review, the Wales Haiku Journal, The Inflectionist Review and Black Bough Poetry's Deep Time Two Anthology. She was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Award in April 2020.

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