Friday Poem – ‘A Flock of Young Birds’ by Hilary Llewellyn-Williams


This week’s Friday Poem is ‘A Flock of Young Birds’ by Hilary Llewellyn-Williams from her new book The Little Hours: New and Selected Poems.

The Little Hours: New and Selected Poems. Hilary Llewellyn-Williams.

The Little Hours: New and Selected Poems is a landmark volume which collects key poems from the career of Hilary Llewellyn-Williams, one of the outstanding poets of her generation in Wales. In addition to the classic sequences ‘The Tree Calendar’ and ‘Book of Shadows’, the book also includes new work, including ‘The Little Hours’, a new sequence arranged according to the traditional monastic hours. Llewellyn-Williams is one of the earliest environmental poets; her response to nature always profound, passionate and keenly observed. The Little Hours will remind readers of her many strengths and beauties and shows new readers the breadth and talent of a writer whose eye for vivid imagery and startling detail has always astounded.

A Flock of Young Birds 
for Bob Needs, i.m. Shirley Needs 

Something of me, a remnant 
enclosed in a little box 
tucked away in the rosy earth: 

yes, that dear dust, precious 
stuff from the breathing body 
that flourished and grew from my birth – 

while you who loved me gather 
around that trace of me, 
remember, mourn and pray

on this gentle August day of sun and breeze. 

How can I tell you now 
how much I love, how happy 
I am? How here, how near, how free? 

Now in this summer tree 
among the leaves, the light, 
the webs and spiderlings, the stray bees, 

I call these birds to sing that song for me.

The Little Hours: New and Selected Poems is available on the Seren website: £12.99

Create your free Seren account and enjoy 20% off every book you buy direct from us.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.