‘In Memoriam Alun Lewis’ – a poem by Byron Beynon

 
 

    In Memoriam Alun Lewis

 

1915-1944

 

From India you wrote of coming
back and that isolation
for youth to breathe and grow.
Later when the history books
were updated and maps
became the colour of rainbows,
warm letters home
once written
between breaks
in the clouds
floated like bruised poppies
on a burnt tide.
Alone you summoned
what real love there was,
as your exhausted shadow
fell like a gauze of silent rain.

 
 

Byron Beynon

About Byron Beynon

Byron Beynon coordinated Wales's contribution to the anthology 'Fifty Strong' (Heinemann). His poems and essays have featured in several publications including The Independent, Agenda, The London Magazine, Poetry Wales, Cyphers, Wasafiri, The Black Mountain Review and the human rights anthology 'In Protest' (University of London and Keats House Poets). He is the author of 11 collections of poetry including 'Cuff's (Rack Press) and 'The Echoing Coastline' (Agenda Editions). His selected poems appeared in 2018 (Bilingual: English/Romanian - published by Bibliotecha Universalis/Collectiile/Revistei "Orizont Literar Contemporan", translations by Dr Monica Manolachi, University of Bucharest).