'Oil Waves' is the writing blog of Wes Viola, a pen name of Wes White.
A Glastonian now living and working in London, Wes is an Elder Bard of Ynys Witrin (Glastonbury), having won the title in 2015.
He is an alumnus of Goldsmiths' Creative & Life Writing MA and was the 2013 poetry winner at Wells Literary Festival.
for Tim Hawthorn, 1st Chaired Bard of Ynys Witrin, on his 50th birthday - and of course, for hawthorns everywhere.
A hem, a haw
That guards the door:
You are the wood-ward of all borders
Stood red-berried at the edge
Between silence and speech
The garden and the wild;
This world and the next.
When we named you ‘red’, We didn’t have a name For that stain on your chest and face; Your unashamed orange blush That says, “I have something to say”.
Down the centuries, we’ve made you friendly, Here in the land of Goodfellow,
And that Hood fellow. Leaving you unharmed In countless nods to folklore: Closer, Closer. Sit on our garden tools.
So say it you do. You come to us, here with the voice of the brook, Singing phrases we will never understand.
or: 'I Never Thought I'd Marry Theresa May'
Another one about the UK coalition Government's 2012 rules dividing British Citizens from their loved ones overseas. Learn more about the rules from BritCits. I couldn’t have been happier, the day of our wedding. Looking back through the photos now, it’s hard to believe it - I was so overjoyed I didn’t even notice the Home Secretary there: stood between us on the pagoda where we said our vows, or sat at our table stuffing her face with cake.
Parting was hard at the airport. You told me I’d see you sooner than I thought (you overdid it. By the time you stopped telling me, you ’d got me convinced I’d be seeing you that weekend). Much harder, though, was when I got to my place on the plane,
Saturday February 6th - National Libraries Day
Lots of things going on in Somerset Libraries and around the UK for National Libraries Day. As Bard of Glastonbury, I'll be reading poems from the books on the shelves in Glastonbury [Public] Library all day. Come and find me for a one-to-one reading (or one-to-several if I get a crowd). 10am - 4pm (but I'll take breaks when I feel like it!). Street Library is also launching a creative writing competition the same day, which I'm picking the poetry winner for.
From noon on the same day there is a fundraising tribute to David Bowie taking place in the shop window of Cancer Research UK on Glastonbury High Street. I'll be reading 'I Was Pianos' - my cut-up tribute to Bowie - as part of the event. Wednesday February 24th - Read Aloud Day
I'm taking part in World Read Aloud Day for Library of Avalon. I'm not sure exactly what format this will take... but it will definitely involve me reading aloud... Wednesday Ma…