Poetry

Poetry Section

The following collections of poems are by the Welsh poet, Hywel Davies of Pembrokeshire.

Introduction

What follows is usually a collection of poetry that I have written since approximately the summer of 1997. I write when I am moved to write or when I am bored. Samuel Beckett, the 20th century Irish writer, once wrote “I write what I cannot say.” I understand that sentiment. I too write what I cannot say. I first wrote a poem in about 1976. It was a love poem, written at Birmingham University in miniscule handwriting because I did not want anyone else to read the poem.

The poetry which I have written that have been published on the Hearing Voices Network Cymru website varies considerably in terms of form and content. The themes of the poetry are varied. Some of the poems are reflective, nature-based, satirical, factual, story-like, spiritual, Christian, serious, philosophical , humorous, love-poetry, comic, mental – health based, and/or outrageous. The language of the poetry is English,Welsh,French or Spanish.

Dylan Thomas, the greatest Anglo-Welsh poet of the 20th century,wrote that he dedicated his “Collected Poems” to God. He added “and I’d be a damn fool if I didn’t”. I understand that sentiment. I dedicate these poems to God and I’d be a damn fool if I didn’t.

Influences on my poetry include The Bible, Brian Patten, Roger McGough, Harri Webb, Raymond Garlick, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Waldo Williams, 20th century popular music, Voltaire and Samuel Beckett. 

The poems are mad. “Madness is the birth-pains of a higher consciousness” (R.D.Laing)

Hywel Davies


We welcome contributions. If you would like to send us a poem for publication in our poetry section please email us at info@hearingvoicescymru.org.

See our contributors poetry here:

Hospital 1 by Troy Gordon, July 2016


See also

Poetry Reading by Hywel Davies, June 2016

Syllables For Change

Appearance and Reality

Unpublished poetry

New Poems (2013)


New Poems

Prayer

Protect me, Lord, from evil

And let me walk Your Way

Forever in the future.

Tomorrow and today.

 

O let me count all blessings.

Appreciate Your smile.

Let me do what is good to

Follow the holy mile.

 

Let me give and give again.

A damaged brain have I.

Are the holy light by which

The humble learn to fly.

 

God bless the righteous goodness

Of your Self-Proclaiming Ways.

You walk in the holy light

Of miraculous days.

 

Hywel Davies, December 2016


Jesus

Thank Jesus for all goodness,

All love and happiness.

To Him I bring my sorrow

And all my sins confess.

Hywel Davies

December 2016


Ramadan

Life is good. Life’s not absurd.

Jesus speaks in holy word.

Speaks to Muslims. Holy dreams.

Sews the truth in righteous seams.

Hywel Davies, June 2016


Truth

God is the beginning,
The middle and the end.
He watches over us
And is our only friend.

Rivers flow in glory.
Mountains stand and tall.
God is the Creator
And Master of the All.

Laugh at him and suffer
An illness and a fall.
Speak to Jesus Christ and
Fine justices recall.

Love is the beginning,
The middle and the end.
She watches over us
And is our only friend.

Hywel Davies, January 2016


Master

Jesus has the power
To conquer bead and king.
Jesus is The Lord of
All, now and everything.

Hywel Davies, April 2015


Believe

Do you believe in Cymru ?
Yes.
Do you believe in love ?
Of course I believe in Love. Their album “Forever Changes” was brilliant. The band were pioneers.
Do you believe in the brotherhood of man ?
The Brotherhood of Man ? Know. Their music was pretty but it lacked soul.
Do you believe in Abba ?
Yes, I believe in Abba. The beginning, the middle and the end.
Do you believe in Grapefruit ?
You’re pulling my leg.
No, I’m not. They were a UK band in the 1960’s.
Know. I don’t believe in Grapefruit.
Amen.

 Hywel Davies, April 2015 


Featured poem: October 2013

Buckinghamshire

 Gerard’s Cross.

You can say that again.

He’s absolutely furious.

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