Byron Beynon

Byron Beynon lives in Wales. His work has appeared in several publications includng Crannog, Cyphers, Quadrant, London Magazine, Poetry Wales, The Yellow Nib and the human rights anthology, In Protest (University of London and Keats House Poets). He coordinated the Wales’ section of the anthology, Fifty Strong (Heinemann).  His collections include Cuffs (Rack Press), Human Shores (Lapwing Publications) and The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).


Two Trees

Shaped by the hands

of an invisible sculptor

they inhabit this breath of land,

standing apart

parallel with light and dark

music modulates

through their leaves,

individual notes

that entrance

an audience of sun and stars;

when silence comes

there is a future to dream of,

secret and wild

as roots touch beneath

the infinite cupola of a torn heaven.


Killarney Revisited

We followed the thread of names

which remained fluent

on the speech of maps,

Killorglin, Dingle, Valencia,

Rossbeigh, Cahirciveen, Puck,

all textured under a fervid sky

where blushing leaves bled

within spheres on fire

with Atlantic sun.

Strands of language

emerged from the unlocked earth,

screamed like saline birds

their tastes rising then settling again

on the plangent

tongue of this inveterate scene.


© 2018 Byron Beynon