Cenhinen Pedr

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I first met Gwyn at St Davids in Pembrokeshire. He had a broad smile and a great voice, and a warm welcome despite my task. He was undefeated by his long term illness. I was not allowed to start my duty as a county bailiff until I received a warm cup of coffee, its cold out there boy. Over lunch we discussed the state of the local fishing industry and the declining market for harvested daffodils. His daughter regaled me with beautiful welsh songs and of course I would stop for afternoon tea, its pic ear y maen I never did remove their furniture.

Cenhinen Pedr = “Peter’s Leek”, the Welsh Daffodil.

Pic ear y maen = Welsh Cakes

A translation of the Welsh words used in this piece of flash fiction into English.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. oldentimes

    Can’t tell you how much I love this post. Brought tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Pembrokeshire and Gwyn hold good memories for me, so I am so glad you liked this story. Thank you for your comments. Mike

  2. patrickprinsloo

    You wouldn’t. Did you marry the daughter?
    Ah, Pembrokeshire.

    1. Michael Humphris

      She was a bonny lass, but far to young for me. As for Pembrokeshire I agree.

  3. mickwynn2013

    Great tale, full of human spirit and empathy.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, for reading it’s good to have feedback.

  4. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I feel like I’ve been transported to another time and place. Lovely.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, for your comments and for hosting Friday fictioneers.

  5. elmowrites

    Beautiful, Michael, and I’m delighted to read the comments and find it’s true. Sometimes even we enforcers have to allow ourselves a little humanity.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Almost everyone at some point becomes an enforcer, it’s then that we have to thoughtful.

  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    There is so much fine warmth in this story… sometimes you don’t need more than to listen and chat to get close to someone.

    1. Michael Humphris

      To be able too listen is a real skill. Thank you Bjorn.

  7. Siobhan McNamara

    Lovely to see such a human side to the bailiff

    1. Michael Humphris

      There are so many ways in which society uses a form of recouping costs, I am always pleased to see a thoughtful use of power

  8. gahlearner

    This is so wonderful and warm, even better after having read that at least some of it is true.

  9. Lori Carlson

    Delightful! So lovely to see Welsh and get a translation 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Gywn deserves all the credit. I hope that my use of the Welsh language was accurate. Thank you for reading my flash fiction. It is great to get feed back. Mike

      1. Lori Carlson

        It was my pleasure, Mike 🙂 you write beautifully!

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you for your very kind comment

  10. Dale

    I love this! Just because you have a job to do, it doesn’t mean you can’t be kind…

    1. Michael Humphris

      To true, but the real kindness was from Gywn. Thank you for your kind words

      1. Michael Humphris

        Thank you for your very kind comments

  11. Margaret

    Human kindness wins through. Lovely. I really like the Welsh touches – my dad was Welsh and although I don’t know his family at all, and have never visited where he grew up, something in me responds to Welsh words (and voices).

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Margaret, congratulations on your anniversary and on the writing competition win.

  12. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    I enjoyed the voice in this. It was very likable.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dawn,

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