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Poems which inspire us: Jo Weston on ‘Miracle on St David’s Day’

In the second of our series on poems which inspire the Communities Inc team, our Communications Assistant, Jo Weston, shares Gillian Clarke’s ‘Miracle on St David’s Day’ and explains why she finds it so inspiring.

‘Miracle on St David’s Day’ is a symbol of hope; a reminder that – with the right support and opportunities – we all have so much to give.

Why I chose this poem

It was extremely difficult to pick just one poem which inspires me but in the end I chose a piece by Gillian Clarke which I’ve thought of many times since I first read it. It creates a striking image and every time I read it, this poem leaves me feeling elated.

Poetry’s ability to connect

While the first few stanzas have an air of sadness, the presence of daffodils right from the outset eludes to new possibilities. The narrator is reading poetry to a patient in a mental health hospital who hasn’t spoken for years and, as he begins to move to the rhythm, I’m reminded of poetry’s ability to connect with people – not only on a conscious level but in a more animalistic, instinctive way as well.

The poem as a symbol of hope

Both the narrator and the patient are inspiring figures in this piece. The narrator is an embodiment of the many people who encourage, support and empower others. The patient – when he speaks after years of silence – illustrates that we all have hidden depths, and that with appropriate support we can access them.

‘Miracle on St David’s Day’ is one of the poems which inspire me because it is a symbol of hope; a reminder that – with the right support and opportunities – we all have so much to give.

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