Two Poems by Gareth Writer-Davies

To a Bronze Statue of the Duke of Wellington

Written in the nearest pub; Brecon/Aberhonddu

what is he doing
up there upon a pedestal

out of all proportion

green now
the hollow bronze

has a glorious view from Brecon to the border
O England

you don’t learn do you
imposing the metal Duke upon market square

I found that the statue was erected

by a gallant admirer
Evan Thomas by name (a local man)

which showed me
that opinion is often ignorance in translation

somebody buy me a drink
I can’t stand it

St Simon & St Jude

Llanddeusant, in the shadow of the Black Mountain

they make a singular team
the zealot and the saint of lost causes

Simon being one of the vaguer apostles
and Jude no better

than one who hangs around with the boys
for his own (obscure) reasons

like many odd couples
there’s a whimsical symmetry to their histories

of death by tools
and dearth of miracles precursing

like a reminder that human
even the most unsung of lives is worthy of canon


Gareth Writer-Davies is from Brecon, Wales. Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2014 and 2017). Commended in the Prole Laureate Competition (2015). Prole Laureate for 2017. Commended in the Welsh Poetry Competition (2015). Highly Commended in 2017. His first collection “The Lover’s Pinch” (Arenig Press) was published June, 2018.

One thought on “Two Poems by Gareth Writer-Davies

  1. I really enjoyed these, Gareth, and particularly ‘Wellington’, which still seems so desperately relevant. Wasn’t it he who lauded the battles won on “the playing fields on Eton”? Just think of the struggles currently being won (or lost) by Old Etonians.

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