The Collection: Poety by Hywel Davies


 

Jesus,,, “though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” (2 Corinthians, 8:9)

 


 

A voice hearer, philanthropist, teacher, Hywel Davies was born in Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire in 1954.

Hywel is a founder member of Mind Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire Hearing Voices Group, Hearing Voices Network Cymru and Mental Health Advocacy Providers.

A graduate of Modern Languages, Hywel is a retired lecturer of Spanish.

‘The Collection’ (2014) is Mr Davies’ third collection of poetry, following ‘Syllables For Change’ (2008) and ‘Appearance and Reality’ (2009).

All funds raised by the sale of this publication will benefit Mind Pembrokeshire, a mental health charity in Cymru’s ‘premier county’.

Hywel Davies 2009

 


Click on title to go to the poem of your choice:

Contents

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

BISHOP’S STORTFORD

MILTON KEYNES

ALEXANDER POPE

LA VIERGE MARIE

YR ANIALWHCH

MR BRAINTREE

ANSWERS

MR PRESIDENT

CHRIST

CAKE

PEMBROKESHIRE

BRAINTREE

TONGUE

WATT

ATHIESTS

FORGIVENESS

EL PRESIDENTE DE URUGUAY

ANGHOFIWCH

BURY ST EDMONDS

O

HAVE

LE SURREY

STILL

THE SMALL FACES

SAUDI ARABIA

CLARBESTON ROAD

MAENCLOCHOG

LONDON

DALE

ROCK „N‟ ROLL

MERTHYR TUDFUL

LA REVOLUCIÓN GALESA

LINDA

MADRID

TOM WAITES

LA CONSÉQUENCE

Y Y RUBENSTEIN

FRANK BRUNO

OÙ?

TWENTIETH CENTURY PSYCHIATRIC ORTHODOXY

NONES

WIL CWAC CWAC

THE ORGAN DONOR

IS

OES

SCHOOL REUNION

TWENTIETH CENTURY CONVERSATION

KILGETTY

BOURGEOISIE

SCHIZOPHRENIC CARES

COMMUNITY CARE

2006

ZAMBIA

FUNDAMENTALIST

NAME

“EROS AND CIVILIZATION”

 

 


 

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Gerard’s Cross.

You can say that again,

He’s absolutely furious.

 

BISHOP’S STORTFORD

Bishop’s Stortford.

Bishop’s what?

Bishop’s Stortford

Never heard of it

What is Stortford?

Is it legal?

 

MILTON KEYNES

Milton Keynes

Fine name

For an American Football Player

 

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ALEXANDER POPE

He was never a Pope, was he?

Know.

 

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LA VIERGE MARIE

Ou se trouve la consequence de mon amour, monsieur?

Elle se trouve partout, Ma Dame.

 

VIRGIN MARY (Translation)

Where is the consequence of my love, Sir?

It is found everywhere, My Lady.

 

 

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YR ANIALWCH

Ble mae’r anialwch?

Nid yng Nghmru fach

 

THE WILDERNESS (Translation)

Where is the wilderness?

Not in small Wales.

 

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MR BRAINTREE

Good morning, Mr Braintree

I think we can agree.

O Cymru is a nation.

It means a lot to me.

 


 

ANSWERS

Good morning, Mr Braintree

Where are the answers are?

Do you know the way to be,

To do, to see that far?

“Yes, I do, sweet Jesus and

I’ll twll you once today.

Answers are found in madness

The holiness at play.”

 

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MR PRESIDENT

Good morning, Mr President.

O would you like some cheese?

And do you know the way to Rhoose,

Imaginations please?

And do do you know the way to sing?

Inspire both sheep and goat?

The holiness of madman does

Keep all our dreams afloat.

Good morning Mr President.

I think I’ve said enough.

Football once knew a manager

Whose name was Brian Clough.

 


 

CHRIST

He tried to love his enemy.

He must have seemed absurds.

Twice he saw in concert

A member of the Byrds.

Roger McGuinn, the Christian,

Waldo Williams, the Saint,

Cymru is not a nation

Irrelevant or quaint.

 


 

CAKE

Excuse me, Mr Braintree,

Would you like to bake

Ingredients for progress?

Make a holy cake?

Do, sweet dear, what I have said,

Try to have some fun.

Nature, civilisation

Make opponents run.

 

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PEMBROKESHIRE

Pembrokeshire, my county

My foot and my ass

Historical cocktail

Of people and class.

Pembrokeshire beautiful

The west is the best,

Any who counter-word

Are merely a pest.

Her beaches and castles,

Her mountains and streams

Her greenery, churches

Resemble fine dreams.

Cathedral of David,

That palace of hope

Enable the troubled

To prosper and cope.


 

BRAINTREE

Isn’t Braintree in Essex?

 


 

TONGUE

Jealousy surrounds my tongue

Like poison round a flower

The holiness of Jesus

Proclaims the righteous hour.

 


 

WATT

Will you be when you grow up?

Of course I’ll be when I grow up,

Existence predetermines essence.

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ATHIESTS

They think they are better

Than courage or love,

However, their ways

Insult the white dove.

 


 

FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is the greatest gift

Bestowed upon the earth,

It allows for transfiguration

And the greatest rebirth.

 


EL PRESIDENTE DE URUGUAY

Mujica es pobre

Pero rico tanbien

He’s one of the best.

One of the men.

THE PRESIDENT OF URUGUAY (Translation)

Mujica is poor

But he is also rich

He’s one of the best,

One of the men.

 

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ANGHOFIWCH

Tryweryn

FORGET (Translation)

Tryweryn

 


 

BURY ST EDMUNDS

Why should I?

He’s not dead is he?

 


 

BE, LEAF

Racist, sexist vowels,

Homophobic sounds,

As insulting to God

As il-gotten pounds.

 

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O

Smile today, sweet Cymru.

The sun is in the sky.

If it were not for you,

Then paradise would die.

 


 

HAVE

 

Watt,

Would you like for Christmas?

It is more important to be this Christmas,

You are right.

 


 

LE SURREY

Où est le Surrey, Monsieur?

Le Surrey est Angleterre, Madame.

O.

 

SURREY (translation)

Where is Surrey, Sir?

Surrey is in England,

Madame.

O.

 

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STILL

Inventing necessities,

Twm?

Somebody has to, dear.

 


 

THE SMALL FACES

Do you like “Itchy Koo Park?

I’ve never been there, Sir.

 


SAUDI ARABIA

Dubai?
No, it was too expensive.

 

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CLARBESTON ROAD

Clara Ron Best Do

 


QUESTION

Have you ever been buggered?
No, but I’ve been exhausted a few times.


 

TUDOR

Tu D’
Or

TUDOR (translation)

You Are Golden

 


 

MAENCLOCHOG

Où se trouve Maenclochog?
Maenclochog est dans le Pembrokeshire.
Où est le Pembrokeshire?
Le Pembrokeshire est dans le Pays de Galles.

MAENCLOCHOG (translation)

Where is Maenclochog?
Maenclochog is in Pembrokeshire.
Where is Pembrokeshire? Pembrokeshire is in Wales.

 

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LONDON

Madame Tussauds

I thought that one sword would have been enough.

 


 

DALE

Dale ei premio.

DALE (translation)

Dale the prize.

(Dale is a village in Pembrokeshire / Give him or her the prize)


 

ROCK „N‟ ROLL

Have you seen my sausage roll?
No, but I’ve seen your sandwich wink.

 


MERTHYR TUDFUL

Owen Money?
Never a lender or borrower be.

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LA REVOLUCIÓN GALESA

Hola, señor. Buenos días Buenos días, Señor.¿ Ha empezado la revolución?St Empezó en mil novecientos noventa y dos.

¿ Donde empezó la revolución?

En Llandrindod Wells, en Powys

¿ Donde esta Powys

Powys esta en Gales, Señor.

Gracias.

THE WELSH REVOLUTION (translation)

Hello, sir. Good morning.

Good morning, Sir. (Lord)

Has the revolution begun?

Yes. It began in 1992.
Where did the revolution begin?

In Llandrindod Wells, in Powys.

Where is Powys?

Powys is in Wales, Sir.

Thank you.

 


 

LINDA

Era Linda.

 

LINDA (translation)

Was pretty. (Linda)

 


MADRID

Dónde esta Madrid? Madrid esta en España.

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TOM WAITES

John sings. Mary listens.
Is there no end to the revolution?
Know.

 


LA CONSÉQUENCE

Ou se trouve la conséquence de mon amour, Monsieur?

Elle se trouve partout, Madame.

Merci, Monsieur, vous êtes très intelligent.

Merci, Madame, vous êtes très gentille.

THE CONSEQUENCE (translation)

Where is the consequence of my love, Sir?

It is found everywhere, Madame.

Thank you, Sir, you are very intelligent.

Thank you, Madame, you are very kind.

 


Y Y RUBENSTEIN

There are no easy answers.

 

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FRANK BRUNO

Habite en Angleterre, Monsieur.

FRANK BRUNO (translation)

Lives in England, Sir.

 


OÙ?

Dear

WHERE? (translation)

Dear

 


TWENTIETH CENTURY PSYCHIATRIC ORTHODOXY

Would you like a friend?

Yes, please, Sir.

Well, you can’t have one.

 


NONES

All the nice nuns love a candle.

All the nice priests love small boys.

If they cannot educate them,

Then they obviate their toys.

A sister of the American playwright,

Tennessee Williams,

was incarcerated in a lunatic asylum for telling her mother that certain nuns that she,

the child,

knew used to use holy candles with which to masturbate.

 

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WIL CWAC CWAC

Wn i ddim.

WILL CWAC CWAC (translation)

I don’t know.

 


THE ORGAN DONOR

Would you like to be an organ-donor?

Why would I want to be an organ-donor?

Because the chapel does not posses an organ.


IS

That a people-pleaser?
Know. It’s a people-carrier.

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OES

Mae neb Yn hoffi Unigolyn Neu Genedl

Sy’n Dweud Y gwir. Y gwir

Yn erbyn Y byd

A oes heddwch?

Heddwch.

YES (translation)

Nobody Likes

An individual Or

A nation That tells The truth

The truth Against The world

Is there peace?

Peace.


 

SCHOOL REUNION

What do you do now, Jenkins?

I’m a solicitor specialising in international law, Sir.

Where do you live?

I live in Knightsbridge in London, Sir.

Two cats.

How absolutely fascinating. What do you do Perkins?

I’m a multi-millionaire business man based in Dubai, Sir Married with three children.

How absolutely fabulous, Good for you, old bean.

Thank you, Sir.

And what do you do, Jones-Jeremiah?

Well, actually, sir, I’m a nutter.

Living in the community in rural Kent.

Well done, Jones-Jeremiah, I knew you’d go far.

Indeed, I did, Sir.

Rural Kent is a long way from Carmarthen Town.

Isn’t community care working well in the United Kingdom nowadays?

It makes one feel proud to be British.

Indeed it does, Jones-Jeremiah.

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TWENTIETH CENTURY CONVERSATION

Shall we pray, Mrs Phillips?

On little bays, vicar?

On little girls, Mrs Phillips.

You know what the book of Leviticus says about bumboys.

Indeed, I do.

 


KILGETTY

Have you seen Kilgetty roundabout?

Yes, I have.

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BOURGEOISIE

Where do you shop?

I shop at Kwiksave.

Where do you shop?

I shop at Tesco.

I like people who shop at Tesco.

 


SCHIZOPHRENIC CARES

Would you like a job, Mrs Jones?

Yes, please, Sir.

Well, you can’t have one.

 


COMMUNITY CARE

Do you have a friend?

Yes, Sir. As a matter of fact I do.

Mentalist!

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2006

39% of adults in Cymru are in debt.

 


 

ZAMBIA

40, 000 babies

Were born in Zambia

In 2006

With HIV /Aids.


 

FUNDAMENTALIST

Fund a mentalist


NAME

A female genius Who wasn’t a saint.

 

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“EROS AND CIVILIZATION”

Book by Herbert Marcuse, Sir.

Exactly, Donkins. “Steppen Wolf”

Book by Herman Hesse, Sir.

Exactly, Donkins. Books, books, books. Words, words, words.

We invent necessities, Sir. Somebody has to, Donkins.

Existence predetermines essence, Sir?

Vice-versa, actually, Donkins. “Pax vobiscum,” Sir.

Close the door as you leave, Donkins.

Yes, sir. Good night, Sir. Good night, Donkins. “Nil desperandum”

I’ll try my best, Sir.


 

POEM

Is that a poem?
Yes.
It’s very good, isn’t it?
I like to think so. Did you write it?
That’s a very good question. That’s a very good answer.
O dear
It is in Bala.

 

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All funds raised by the sale of this publication will benefit Pembrokeshire Mind Sir Benfro, a mental health charity in Cymru’s ‘Premier County’.

 

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