May Day

Gwyn and Gwythyr

Hail!
Gwyn and Gwythyr
on Calan Mai
doomed to fight
by Arthur’s dihenydd
like two dragons
red and white
immortal sons
of mist and scorcher
circle between
two deathsome plights
eternal summer
and nuclear winter
the old seasons turn
nuclear winter
and eternal summer
circle between
two deathsome plights
mist and scorcher’s
immortal sons
red and white
like two dragons
by Arthurs’ dihenydd
doomed to fight
on Calan Mai
Gwyn and Gwythyr
Hail!

In How Culwch Won Olwen a story is told of how Gwyn ap Nudd (White son of Mist) and Gwythyr ap Greidol (Victor son of Scorcher) are bound by a dihenydd (fate) by Arthur to do battle every May Day for Creiddylad, a maiden they both love, until Judgement Day. Gwyn is known as the Winter King, whilst Gwythyr is often associated with summer.

Stone the Crows and Winter Hill

Stone the CrowsThis morning a friend and I got up at dawn to watch Stone the Crows Border Morris at the Scout Road car park before walking up Winter Hill. Seeing the hills and the West Pennine moorland enveloped in mist it looked like, at this point, Gwyn had the upper hand. Our walk was accompanied by the songs of skylarks and we were lucky enough to hear a grasshopper warbler.

Path to Winter HillWinter Hill Winter Hill

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3 thoughts on “May Day

  1. Woo–the Morris is eerie and primal. Like beings risen out of a bog to stomp, warming the cold earth with their heavy boots… Nice poem too– like how you’ve captures the Son of the Mist and the Son of Scorcher in their eternal scuffle. Happy Beltane, Charlotte

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