I remember when I was a boy, I played in
My friends and I roamed the streets from the
down to the tip, kicked cans as though first
We passed row houses, neat and tidy in
where the front step, or steps, was often
the doors painted, the windows cleaned with
vinegar and water,
and the gardens well kept by most, within
As we passed, Mrs. Evans or Mrs. Jones
whispered to Ms. Williams or Mrs. Davies.
In the Welsh way, learned from Chapel, hand
cupped to the mouth, as tho to keep the words sacred.
Could it be out of ignorance or merely from bad
manners and was it the same throughout Wales?
"Y neb sydd ganddo glustiau i wrandaw,
Those days were sunny, clouded perhaps, yet I
do not remember the rain.
Laughter resounded amongst friends on small
Aunties were visited and sometimes tea
Evan was his usual self! Loud, gregarious,
He seemed to enjoy his work. Conductor-Ticket
collector, on the buses.
Charlie Hills... not the Red and White or
The buses run without him and those like him
Uniforms carried authority and some who wore
Vandalism took place then too, it would seem to
be a result of depravity.
What was lacking then? What is lacking now?
Corrupted minds are senseless, the resulting
action from a lack of pride.
Those who were culprit robbed their own
communities, their people and themselves.
Abertysswg has a history that dates back
hundreds of years.
Like most villages in Wales founded to serve
The Mclaren Colliery, coal mine, in 1895, owned
by the Tredegar Coal Company.
And in life in this village so there was death,
as in the explosion of Thursday, September 4th. 1902.
It claimed fifteen then, many more before and
after, for the price of coal.
The village has changed somewhat! A new
community centre of modest design,
spacious offers much, is no longer an eyesore weatherbeaten.
The houses that formed the streets such as
Charles Street, Hill Road and the Mclaren Row remain.
They look like the many other houses in as many
other mining villages.
Perhaps Abertysswg may be the womb, from
wherewithin a new life may be born.
Minds may search for knowledge and language
might show result
and Wales might once more resound with the
understanding and truth of being Welsh.
December 12, 2003