CWMDONKIN REMEMBERED by Gary Alan Motley

Welcome to this new section where we will publish submitted poems. A big thank you to Gary who has kindly provided the first poem.

The poem is written about Love essentially. About a meeting of minds and hearts without borders or language restrictions that can overcome people who walk through the park and feel the power of Nature all around them.

It mentions the trees that have seen and heard many a ‘secret’ over so many years. Yet they will always hold those secrets within the park.  Like muted whispers.

There is of course a nod to Dylan Thomas as the poet’s words and thoughts being born in the park.

Finally whether Love stays or goes it matters not to the eternity of the trees.  Concealing word and thought entwined around branches that echo silently forever with all that has ever been said within the park.

CWMDONKIN REMEMBERED

By Gary Alan Motley

No wonder in the feet of Man
To take his stride through Uplands doors

The hills they choke the air from all
Greet iron portals fenced in fours

Open but a pace away
To worlds anew and never seen

Closed they stand defiant dark
Cloaking all that lives in green

Leaves of whisper never heard
Drop like rain upon the stone

An autumn path lies golden brown
And knotted hedgerows overgrown

Through the gates of bordered tongue
Rising language falling tall

Hands are held beneath the yews
That form the mix of country wall

Revealing nothing and yet they know
They’ve seen and heard the poets song

Words and thoughts were born in here
This womb of Nature breathing strong

Far off at the compass point
Swinging downward only south

A breeze comes on and sends its chill
With winter’s vision shivered mouth

Glistened eyes set aglow
The mail of summer posted smart

The smoke of carbon burnt in pain
Hidden corners of the heart

Of ash it’s seen as not a sign
But souls they laugh and play their game

In trees of secrets eternal held
And spoken words repeat the same

Joyous in this park of Love
Too many walk and few return
But minds made up to work the same
Will only render hearts to yearn

To pledge of days of future words
Spoken that they hold no fears
True or ill the echo gone
Now only trees to face the years.

Cwmdonkin Park Virtual Tour

We are really pleased to be able to provide a link for a Virtual tour of the park.

http://www.vrvistas.com/virtualtours/parks/cwmdonkin/#

This was created by VR Vistas (vrvistas.com), who specialize in innovative, highly interactive and immersive virtual tours to support online marketing strategies. It also produces high quality aerial video and photography backed up by CAA Permission and RPQ-s Qualification. The company includes a Google Trusted Photographer and offers Google Maps Business View.

Coffee Morning

We are holding a fundraising Coffee Morning at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House in Ffynone, on Thursday 11th October, 10.30am-12.00pm.

Tickets are £5 each and are available from the Park Kiosk.

Halloween Tales Event – 27th October

We are holding an exciting family Halloween Event on 27th October at 4.30PM.

As long as the weather holds up, we hope to see you there.

The timings are approximately as follows:

4.30PM Fancy Dress Parade

5.00PM Gower Fairy Tales Part 1

5.30PM Gower fairy Tales Part 2

5.45PM Bat Walk

6.15PM End

Our Heritage

The park has undergone many changes as a result of winning heritage lottery funding and these alterations culminated in celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in 2014.

The Friends of Cwmdonkin Park is a community group dedicated to supporting the council and community in its attempts to keep the park a beautiful space for everyone to use. This includes:

• Sponsoring and supporting activity that maintains and improves the park

• Encouraging people to use the park by providing local events and activities

We are always looking for people who wish to help in our objectives, either informally, by helping at events, or, formally, by serving on our committee and helping to run things. If this is you, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us using the contact form on the website.

If you have memories of this beautiful park, which nestles in the heart of the city and which Dylan Thomas called “this world within the worldof the sea town”, we would welcome your contributions, old photographs, your memories and your stories. And, of course, if you want to join us, so much the better.