Poetry Section

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


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 [email protected].

See our contributors poetry here:

Hospital 1 by Troy Gordon, July 2016

See also

Poetry Reading by Hywel Davies, June 2016

The Collection

Syllables For Change

Appearance and Reality

Unpublished poetry

New Poems (2013)

New Poem February 2018


I offer my life

To God and The King.

Jesus is The Light

Of All, Ev’rything.


Hywel Davies


New Poems December 2018


Too beautiful to live

And too precious to die,

He is learning to walk

By then learning to fly.

Hywel Davies


New Poems December 2017

Christmas 2017

Father was a “schizo”.

Know I am no doubt.

Jesus Christ Almighty.

I whisper when I shout.

Mother and her sister

Possessed two fathers fair.

Knowledge of that secret

Did traumatize my hair.

Forgive my bad mistakes,

O Jesus of the star.

Judas, Cathar and James

Now haunt my absent car.

Think I am a Jesus.

O fill my heart with hope.

Give me the holy means

By which to give and cope.

I am afraid today.

Hold my heart and smile,

Jesus of the rainbow,

Enabler of the mile.

And when I am alone,

Talk to me and give

Me the holy means

By which to walk and live.


Hywel Davies


Never trust a Welshy

Who farts at ten to three.

Unless his name is Dai

Gwynoro Mawr ap Fri


The Welshies like to lie

To see what one will say.

Cymru is a nation

Of life, love and decay.


Do not talk to Taffies.

They shit inside one’s head.

Masturbate with sheepdogs

Or little boys instead.


Emigrate to Watford

Or America’s sweet sea.

Mischievous by nature,

They pee upon the tree.


Never trust the Welshies.

You know it makes such sense.

I am writing these words

Within the present tense.


Laugh at yourself, Cymru.

The sun is in the sky.

If it were not for you,

Then paradise would die.


Hywel Davies

New Poems 2016


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


Thank Jesus for all goodness,

All love and happiness.

To Him I bring my sorrow

And all my sins confess.

Hywel Davies, December 2016


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


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

Poems 2015


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

Hywel Davies, April 2015


Do you believe in Cymru ?
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.

 Hywel Davies, April 2015 

Featured poem: October 2013


 Gerard’s Cross.

You can say that again.

He’s absolutely furious.

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