Two poems for the UEFA Champions League Final by National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn
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 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,
is café to a whole continent!
And our voices are like sun-lit holes
In the dark of the forest…
nuestros hermanos y hermanas europeos
here, our croeso remains constant…
Real v Juve 3.6.17
The bienvenido ‘s not new here;
we share the same surnames;
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