Parrot – Poem
A bird, a bird that has been
Stumbling through pots full of paint
So that his colour’s as loud as his voice–
Screeching red, squawking blue,
A shower of shouting grating green,
Besides technicolour swearing and blasting.
He’s an exploding palette of a bird,
A jabbering coloured window
With a great yellow sun
Struggling to get out of him
Through the joyous panes of his feathers.
Gwyn Thomas was born in Blaenau Ffestiniog, a Welsh slate-quarrying town in North Wales in 1936. He was educated in local schools and at the University of Wales, Bangor, and Jesus College, Oxford. Since 1963 he has been on the staff of the Welsh Department at Bangor. In 1980 he was awarded a Personal Chair by the University of Wales, and in 1993 the Chair of Welsh at Bangor. He has published extensively: fourteen books of poems, several books and articles of literary history and criticism, and many translations, including translations of the Mabinogion and plays by Shakespeare. Several of his books have won literary prizes.
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