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Joseph Sharp

E-mail Address: josephsharp@yahoo.com
Please include the word 'POETRY' in the subject line of any email you send.

Why write poetry, Poet?

I'm embarrassed when I am called a Poet. A Poet, to me, is a much more serious being than I could ever be. When I retired, I decided to write my memoirs, 'Good God in Govan' the autobiography of a common old working man.' To bulk up the manuscript, I decided to add poems relevant to some of the incidents in the book. I have recently self-published the work and I'm continuing with my poetry.

How did you get started writing poetry?

Attempting my first novel, alongside writing my memoirs, one of my characters was a schoolboy, who had written a poem about his teacher 'The Schoolmaister.' I believe that's where I got the notion to try my hand at writing poetry.

Who are your influences?

I was evacuated as a child, in 1940, to a farm outside of Dumfries. As a result, I was very much in touch with the life of Robert Burns. Alexander (Furnaceman) Anderson, another well known Poet, and author of 'Cuddle Doon,' had also gone to the same village school my family attended during the war.

What is your favourite poetic verse?

While at the farm, my older brother, Alex, was sadly killed. I chose a verse from Burns:-

"A Mother's Lament for a Dead Son"

Fate gave the word, the arrow sped,
And pierced my darling's heart;
And with him all the joys are fled
Life can to me impart.

By cruel hands the sapling drops,
In dust dishonour'd laid;
So fell the pride of all my hopes,
My age's future shade.

The Mother-linnet in the brake
Bewails her ravished young;
So I, for my lost darling's sake,
Lament the live-day long.

Death, oft I've feared thy fatal blow.
Now, fond, I bare my breast;
O, do thou kindly lay me low
With him I love, at rest!'

Examples of poetry.

  1. A Tisket, A Tasket
  2. Bothwell the Borderer
  3. Darn ye Darnley
  4. Embroidery
  5. Grace O'Malley 1530-1603, Black Oak
  6. Grace O'Malley part 2, The Petticoat Pirate
  7. Grace O'Malley part 3, Donal O’Flaherty
  8. Grace O'Malley part 4, Donal The Cock
  9. Grace O'Malley part 5, Hugh de Lacy
  10. Grace O'Malley part 6, Iron Dick Burke
  11. Grace O'Malley part 7, The Pardon
  12. Grace O'Malley part 8, Howth Castle
  13. Grace O'Malley part 9, The Meeting of Queens
  14. Hop! Hop! Hop!
  15. James V1
  16. Lies, Spies, an’ Pies in the Skies
  17. Marie, la petite fille
  18. Mister Nobody
  19. S S Daphne (in memoriam)
  1. Teardrops
  2. The Abdication
  3. The Arden Oak
  4. The Babington Plot
  5. The Dancing Queen
  6. The Glesga Keelie
  7. The Lady Marionette
  8. The Last Munro
  9. The Parting
  10. The Potty Poet
  11. The Prophecy
  12. The Rough Wooing
  13. The Schoolmaister
  14. The Snowdrop
  15. The Tally
  16. The Turncoat
  17. To a Duck
  18. Tumbleweed
  19. Yearning

Who are the Scots?

Andrew Carnegie
(1835 - 1918)
Emigrated to the U.S. in 1848 and became an iron and steel magnate and philanthropist. Born in Dunfermline, in Fife, he gave much of his vast fortune to the benefit of Scotland and America, including many educational and research foundations and endowments, libraries, pension funds and 10,000 church organs. He founded the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

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