(at a music recital characterized by the singing of two Kristens of Welsh extract)
Sisters, are you listening?
In your singing there's a glistening:
It's that Celtic light and winging
of the Welsh American.
Two wild flowers with one rooting:
down your green, one sound now fluting
into hiraeth2 here between you -
Kristen Hughes and Kristen Vaughan.
O Kristens, in your listenings,
in your words with Cymru's3 christenings
blessed, the tones of Meirionydd4
flow melodiously one.
In the breath you share, the voices
of your ancestors rejoice as their
cynghanedd spells you softly -
Kristen Hughes and Kristen Vaughan...
1 In Welsh metrics, the pattern of assonance and consonance whose word echoes involve an intricate variety of end-rhymes, cross rhymes, and half-rhymes. The suffix ``-edd,'' ``-ydd'' is phonetically rendered ``-eth,'' ``-yth.'' Often the initial ``C'' is pronounced ``K'' (for example ``Celtic'' is pronounced ``Keltic'').
4 Welsh melody