‘Trist’ is the word for ‘sad’ in the Welsh (Cymraeg) and Cornish (Kernewek) languages. It is ‘Triste’ en Francais, while Trystan and Isolde were the saddest lovers. 

I want to bring you

the pink wisp hanging alone in the still blue

of this October afternoon;

the brown rustle of dry leaves

excited by my winged feet

and the glow of golden green

in trees touched by the soft eyes of evening.

I want to give you the house with the whispered

Welsh name on the slumbering lane

that’s woken by my happy steps;

the late flower bursting red through concrete,

and the easy sigh of the darkening sea

kissing the shore of our dreams.

~ Polly Oliver (2016)


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