Cal’s Speech: an extract from Gwlad yr Asyn
A new graphic novel in Welsh casts a donkey as its hero and tells of its various adventures. With a little help from its father-and-daughter creators we’ve added some English translations.
Wyn Mason, illustrations by Efa Blosse Mason
ARI: I’m Mira’s new pet. So I don’t think I’ll be spending much time in…
CAL: I remember you when you used to prance freely across the plains of Africa.
ARI: What?! I’ve never even been to Africa!
CAL: Species memory, Ari. Species memory.
ARI: Then I had a proper sermon.
CAL: Who do you think carried humanity’s heavy loads throughout the centuries?
* The Latin term for a donkey.
CAL: The water.
CAL: The coal.
CAL: Who helped humanity build the pyramids of Egypt?
The Great Wall of China, Roman roads and the churches of the Middle Ages?
Who gathered the crops? The fruit and the vegetables?
CAL: Who carried the women and children, the slaves and noblemen on their backs?
CAL: Who carted their weapons to war?
And then carried their dead back home?
CAL: Don’t swallow their lies.
CAL: Learn to respect yourself.
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