was once a thriving canal
bringing coal and other materials
into the heart of Cardiff.
I seem to sense the ghosts
of hard men on the barges
yet now there is only
an empty whisky bottle and graffiti
and a forgotten metal remnant from the canal years.
Countless thousands of feet have ventured here:
shoppers and drunks, many long gone.
Through the arch the grass
of the castle and wall come into view,
I climb the steps under a sky of blue.