Press Releases 2014-2015

Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award - Winning Poem


Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award - Winning Poem


Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)

A daffodil bud is seen among the snow,

offering forgiveness. Winter was harsh,

and the brutality of summer is not far away.

We need forgiveness. Surely, after tribulations

there is relief. Already we are gardening dreams.

It had been huddling like an old gray woman

grabbing her shawl, in an underground house,

stirring a promise to return.

Soon its six petals harmonic sense will bring love.


All day, it radiates. Although it has not grown,

you can feel the end of winter, like curtains rustling.

It appeared in the Garden of Gethsemane as relief,

and felt what would happen next. It was also there

for the Roman soldiers who bit its bulb to ease

their wounds, knowing what would happen next.


Now it’s here for us, and we do not know what will happen.

We only see so far, and things go pass faster. Tolerance

is easier as we become older, and suffering becomes normal

as our bodies finds new ailments. In our dreams we plant.

We are yellow petals caught in a frayed shawl.


In a world uncertain what will happen next,

there are some things we can expect and some we can’t.

The snow understands it cannot stand in the daffodil’s way.


Martin Willitts Jr

Professor Medwin Hughes, Martin Willitts Jr, Dr Menna Elfyn

‌‌Martin Willitts Jr is a Quaker, poet, organic gardener, and retired librarian living in Syracuse, New York, USA, with his wife, Linda Griggs. He has been published both online and in print, including many anthologies with Cinnamon Press in Wales. He has 6 full-length collections including his USA national contest winner for ecological poetry “Searching For What Is Not There” (Hiraeth Press, 2013) and 27 chapbooks including USA national contest winner “William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man” (Red Ochre Press, 2014).