Issue 119,

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New Welsh Reader 119, Winter 2018


The Hardest Button to Button (Gwen Davies)

The room is way up high. So far that the first time I went, I could send what I saw into nothing, just with the press of lashes to the wrong end of my telescope. Up close now, though: three views, through three glass walls. One, forest with a frieze of pale chapel. Two, a stripe of steel sea and an eyeful of oversized pebbles shifting to stop a red ribbon making its getaway into the dunes. Three, mountains tumbling backwards with the stormclouds till they reach the edge.

I come up the third side, though should I turn to watch the hills darken, my kitten heels would likely slip a rung and I’d be small and splat on the tarmac below. Ladders are dangerous, I know that; not to mention the peril of falling telescopes to passers-by. But it’s not them I lose sleep over, nor the other girls now being sucked to their windows like wan limpets to a glass-bottomed boat...

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