VILLANELLE Y CYMOEDDVALLEY VILLANELLE
Grahame Daviestrans. by the poet
'Rwy'n gweld mai teithio ydy pwrpas taith;
'rwy'n dechrau deall castiau ysbryd Duw,
a gweld mai ennill ffydd yw colli'r ffaith.

'Rwy'n gweld brawdgarwch dyddiol bro ddi-waith,
y hiwmor du a'r jocian yn y ciw,
'rwy'n gweld mai teithio ydy pwrpas taith.

Gweld plant y dôl yn gweithio dros yr iaith,
y Cymoedd yn pleidleisio "le" yn driw,
a gweld mai ennill ffydd yw colli'r ffaith.

Tro ar y mynydd wedi diwrnod gwaith;
y fam yn cario'i babi 'lan y rhiw,
'rwy'n gweld mai teithio ydy pwrpas taith.

'Rwy'n dechrau deall gras sy'n diodde'r graith,
a deall fel mae marw er mwyn byw;
a gweld mai ennill ffydd yw colli'r ffaith.

'Rwy'n teimlo'r gwynfyd yn y gwacter maith
a bendith llosg yr halen ar y briw.
'Rwy'n gweld mai teithio ydy pwrpas taith,
a gweld mai ennill ffydd yw colli'r ffaith.
I see that it's to journey that we go;
I'm starting to discern the spirit's way,
I see it's only faith if you don't know.

The daily comradeship of men brought low,
the dole-queue jokes while waiting for your pay,
I see that it's to journey that we go.

The jobless kids who help the language grow,
the Valleys voting 'Yes' to have their say,
I see it's only faith if you don't know.

A walk up to the mountain for a blow:
the mother takes the baby out to play;
I see that it's to journey that we go.

I see, through grief, the grace that lies below,
and how, to live, you give your life away;
I see it's only faith if you don't know.

The burning blessing when the answer's no;
the stinging balm of silence when I pray.
I see that it's to journey that we go.
I see it's only faith if you don't know.

Copyright © Graham Davies; trans. Copyright © the poet - publ. seren (Poetry Wales Press Ltd.)


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