The Pearls of Pearl Street 32

Words of light and hope from 6th Century poet Taliesin, contemporary poet Amanda Gorman and
and politician Tony Benn

Here’s the translation for the Taliesin poetry.

Seven score chords
there are in music
The octave of every score,
Which is ever in harmony,
Enchants in calm
Enchants in storm
Enchants all there is.
In heaven above there is One
Who knows the harmonies

I was a string in the harp of
enchantment for nine years.
In water I was the spume.
I was a sponge in the fire.
I am not one who does not sing.
I am Taliesin

The Pearls of Pearl Street 31

The beginning of this year I thought we needed some love and inspiring poetry to see us through the dark months, the pouring rain, cloudy skies and more lock down restrictions. Thank you to Christine Watkins for translating Mererid Hopwood’s poem for us. Thank you to Eugene Skeef, Mary Oliver and John O’Donohue for words of light and hope.

Here is a translation of Mererid Hopwood’s poem E = mc2


And if there is closing, there is opening,

And if there is far, there is near.

And if there is a cell, there is a great hall,

And if there is night, there is daybreak,

And if there is despair, there is hope.

And if there is fear, there is courage,

And if there is a scar, there are tender stitches,

And if there is an end to a journey

There is also a beginning,

As we need to see, if we see the need.

The Pearls of Pearl Street 30

Extinction Rebellion Cardiff Arts came and stencilled these figures on the wall in protest at the new incinerator planned locally in CF3. Splott already has one incinerator !

There are very high poor quality air levels in and around Splott, Adamsdown and Tremorfa. These areas of Cardiff are more typically working class and culturally diverse.

With Cardiff ranked 4th worst in the UK for air pollution and the poorer parts of town effected to a greater extent. The residents of CF3 are campaigning against a 2nd incinerator within their postcode. There is already one within the residential district that looms over the landscape and blots the skyline.

With evidence clearly showing the reduction in years of average life expectancy due to poor air quality XR Cardiff Arts have been busy cutting stencils to raise awareness and engage the local community as there are 10 days left to get objections in.

Expect more murals to pop up over the city. If you have a wall that needs decorating then contact extinction rebellion cardiff arts on Facebook