Poet's/Editor's Notes: If there is one characteristic of America that makes her great it is adherence to her traditional motto: e pluribus unum (out of many--one). America takes the best aspects of every culture and makes them her own, usually with improvements. Accordingly, I feel perfectly justified in presenting a foreign poetry form in honor of the 241st birthday of these United States.
The englyn penfyr was introduced to me yesterday by a Friend of Eretz. It is a Welsh poetry form that dates back at least as far as the 9th century. For more information on this beautiful and lyrical ancient form of poetry, see http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/forums/topic/987-1-englyn-penfyr-or-short-ended-englyn-in-the-old-style/.