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Ynys Goredd Goch, Menai Straits © Sylvia Selzer 2008


For Caroline Reeves


We pulled into the lay-by above the straits

so that our friend could see the view: Telford’s

iconic suspension bridge, beyond

the Carnedd Range and, below us, Ynys

Goredd Goch, Red Weir Island – a house,

out-buildings, disused fish trap, slipway –

surrounded by The Swellies, tidal whirlpools

and surges driven by the rocks and shoals.


A small crowd had gathered in the lay-by.

On the island, there was a smaller group.

Suddenly, there was the dull pulsing

of rotors. A Sea King arrived. Someone

in the crowd said someone in the crowd said

a drowning swimmer had been rescued

by someone on the island – and someone else

said the Sea King’s pilot was the heir to the

heir to the throne. How we do love the stuff

of legend! The swimmer, whoever he was,

was an ignorant fool. The pilot and crew,

whoever they were, were skilled, brave and selfless.




© Copyright David Selzer
2 Responses
  • Caroline Reeves
    August 30, 2012

    Thank you so much, David – a reminder of a holiday spent with such good friends and definitely a day to remember.

  • David Selzer
    August 31, 2012

    My pleasure, Caroline. Without you, there would be no poem.

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