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Nadelik Lowen Haiku

“Nadelik Lowen!”

I called to all the people.

“Kynnyav yw!” they cried.

Telyn, the Harp.

“I’m Telyn, the Harp.”

“Telling the harp what?”

“No. My name is Telyn, and I am a harp. The Harp.”

“Oh.”

“And what, may I ask, are you?”

“May you well ask. I am… fanfare of drums… a piece of metal that has been twisted into a shape.”

“A triangle.”

“That’s it. I have been twisted into a triangular shape… but, I don’t know what I am called.”

“Perhaps, ‘Tingy’ might be a good name for you.”

“Ooh! That would be lovely. Tingy the thing made into a triangular shape. How happy I am!”

And with that, he struck himself on the head with a small rod of metal.

“Ting!!!!”

Telyn sighed, a lovely glissando of a sigh, but, a sigh nevertheless.

delyow omhweles

delyow omhweles

my a yll aga gweles

onen hag oll.

leaves fall down

I can see them

one and all.

Just the other dydh, I saw a Kammneves in the sky

Just the other dydh ,

I saw a Kammneves in the sky,

after the glaw,

and when the howl was passing by.

Rudh, rudh-velyn, velyn, gwyrdh, glas,

and then the Cornish words

for Indigo and Violet

which I have not yet learnt.

It was a teg Kammneves.

English / Cornish Haiku

“Hy lodrow o gwynn

a-ugh hy diwlin.” he said,

“Did ‘she’ dress to please?”

PS ‘Hy lodrow a gwynn / a-ugh hy diwlin’ translates as: ‘Her stockings were white / above the knees.’

Cornish

Cornish

Evenish and mornish

I deign to be Cornish,

because I am not

proud to be Eng-

lish.

A Little bit of Kernewek is what I’ve got.

A Little bit of Cornish is what I’ve got.

A’gas dynnergh Kernow

‘Welcome to Cornwall!’

I say it a lot,

a little bit of Cornish, is what I’ve got.

‘Eus keus?’

‘Roev sos roev!’

phrases that I’ve learnt from song;

‘Onan hag oll!’ Let’s get along.

‘Nadelik Lowan!’

at ‘that’ time of the year

my pronunciations a little bad, I fear.

“Dydh da; duw genes!

as The Beatles sang,

of this ancient language, I shall get the hang.

A’gas dynnergh Kernow

‘Welcome to Cornwall!’

I say it a lot,

a little bit of Cornish, is what I’ve got.