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Two poems for the UEFA Champions League Final taking place at the National Stadium of Wales, Cardiff, on 3 June.

By National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn


(i)

Cardiff 3.6.17

              Sarete sempre 
             i nostri fratelli e sorelle europei
We talk to each other
in different colours,
and between the applause of saucers,
the acclamation of cups,
and the steam hiss of a full stadium,
our city
is café to a whole continent!
And our voices are like sun-lit holes
In the dark of the forest…
           Siempre seréis 
           nuestros hermanos y hermanas europeos
here, our croeso remains constant…

 

(ii)

Real v Juve 3.6.17

The bienvenido ‘s not new here;
we share the same surnames;
Esteban, Zamora;
as Welsh as Dowlais, or Abercraf.

And the benvenuti ‘s still the same
for the Bracchi, Sidoli, Calzaghe;
who put their tricolore
at the heart of our flag.

And since we share so much history,
(whoever may prevail)
we’ll share our heroes with you too –
John Charles and Gareth Bale!

 

— Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales

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