Getting up early on a Sunday morning leaving them sleep for the sake of peace, the lunch pungent, windows open for a blackbird singing in Cyncoed. Starlings glistening in the gutter come for seed. I let the cats in from the night, their fur already glossed and warm with March. I bring the milk, newspaper, settle here in the bay of the window to watch people walking to church for Mothering Sunday. A choirboy holds his robes over his shoulder. The cats jump up on windowsills to wash and tremble at the starlings. Like peaty water sun slowly fills the long brown room. Opening the paper I admit to this the water-shriek and starved stare of a warning I can't name.
By Gillian Clarke from Letter from a Far Country (1982)
Cyncoed is a community in the north of the city of Cardiff, capital of Wales. Located to the north east of the city, Cyncoed is one of the most affluent suburbs of Cardiff. It has some of the highest property prices in Wales. Cyncoed is a short distance from the city centre and boasts beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It is also just a short walk from the well known Roath Park.
Fun fact: Richard Williams, better known as Dic Dywyll (Blind Dick) but also sometimes as Bardd Gwagedd (The Bard of Folly) was a renowned ballader in nineteenth century Merthyr, who was blinded working at the Crawshay ironworks. His daughter, Myfanwy, was immortalised in Joseph Parry‘s song.