Words amongst Waterfalls 

Article by Lily Rose King

The Brecon Beacons are an abundant source of inspiration for any writer, with a secluded retreat into their magic bound to stir creativity.

This was the outcome when fellow Hay writer, Beth Flynn, and myself, ventured to a nearby waterfall pool to immerse ourselves in nature and let our imaginations flow.

We walked from Brecon towards the Loggins at the foot of Pen y Fan, cutting off to a track by the side of a stone bridge and following the river up to a series of beautiful waterfall pools.

After enjoying a packed lunch and sharing some wine, we challenged each other with the five words game, an effective prompt for powerful poetry.

We each jotted down five words influenced by our picturesque surroundings, shared them, and set a timer for five minutes to individually craft a poem that weaved in all ten words.

After completing the task and reading our work aloud to each other, we went for a dip in the refreshing water.

Below are the words we selected and our resulting poems.












by Lily Rose King

time passes, moss on stone

yet her beauty remains crisp

the dark knots of her hair like tangled vines

flowing water chiselling her curves

inside she’s as rugged as the ancient landscape

but despite the layers her reflection never changes

soul howling through mossy undergrowth

to be free, to see light at last

Amongst the Moss 

by Beth Flynn 

Crisp is the memory of Spring beneath my step 

A reminder of who I was then 

Flowing beside pollen seed 

Amidst the newness.  

Somehow, I feel lighter here 

Where the air strokes stone 

Until she knits herself a mossy coat. 

I sleep amongst her tangled branches where ivy once smiled 

In a rugged blanket of browns and turning greens 

I observe my reflection, thick with all that was before 

Ancient beside all that is  

I listen 

I listen, biting the lip of her soil  

Until my coat of heavy flesh bleeds all I think I should be 

Planting layers of self in sediment 

We rest here 

Amongst the moss 

About thehaywriters

The Hay Writers : a highly active & forward thinking writing group based in Hay-on-Wye, the world famous 'Town of Books'. ✍️ In 2019 we celebrated our 40th anniversary.
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