Igh Sheriff o Merthyr
by Mike Jenkins
Ee wuz off of is trolley,
shoutin in-a middle o Penderyn Square
like ee woz a Town Crier.
Ee ad all the regalia -
chains, fancy at , medals galore,
buh ardly spoke posher.
“Yer ye, yer ye! Good folk o Merthyr!
I’m yewer bran’new Igh Sheriff
appointed arfta givin bagsomoney.
Ower good Queen 've sadly
passed away, wavin from-a sky
on a separate cloud to er ubby.
She ave served us mos graciously,
same time lookin arfta er famlee
(speshly er darlin son Andy).
Now we welcome King Charlie III
oo once spoke sev’ral words o Welsh
an loves talkin t trees.
We say ‘Croeso!’ t Wills ower prince
an look forward t showin im round
b’fore ev’ry business shuts down town.
As Igh Sheriff I yerby decree
Prince Charles becomes King Charles Ospital
An Keir Ardie Ealth Centre’s named arfta Camilla.
As Igh Sheriff I yerby declare
this square will enceforth be named arfta me -
Josiah John Bacon Homfray Crawshay.”
Mike Jenkins is an award-winning Welsh poet and author and unofficial poet for Cardiff City FC. His new book of political poetry, Nobody's Subject, is published in Summer 2016.