The World of Gwdihw, Bardd of Conwy



Arianrhod, etching by Gwdihw

The poem, right, is taken from the book "Ceridwen's Cauldron" by Gwdihw.

Lady Arianrhod

Arianrhod, Lady Fair
Fly over your caer, in the air
Served by the moth and the wren
The bat, bee and hidden men
Mother of Dylan, you did reign
You did not give his twin a name.
Your brother Gwydion sold you shoes
Your curse he made you quickly lose.
With a sling you saw your son
Lleu Llaw Gyffes, the fair one.
Arianrhod, Queen of the night
Refused arms for Lleu to fight.
When Math made ships out of mist
Lleu found a spear within his fist,
Her final curse forbade a bride
He found a flower maid by his side.
Gronw speared Lleu in the bowel,
Blodeuwedd changed from bride to owl
Arianrhod watched, high above
Giving Lleu both grief and love.
Binding him by silver thread
Thinking that he lay there dead.
Transformations took place
Feather grew from Lleu's face.
Gwydion changed him back to man
Healing him as magic can.
Arianrhod, Lady of the Wheel,
Reincarnator, help us heal.