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Tom Young

E-mail Address: yougtom@blueyonder.co.uk
Please include the word 'POETRY' in the subject line of any email you send.

Why write poetry, Poet?

Why do I write poetry? I cannot help it, it just pours out of me, I simply have to get it out of my system and I get a great feeling of satisfaction every time I complete another poetic effort, political, comical, lyrical or profound.

The older I get, the more I want to write and I am truly quite astonished at the interest so many people take in verse nowadays.

I still go out dancing at various clubs around Fife and about three years ago a Leven lady asked me at a dance if I could do an audio tape of Rabbie Burns and I said, "Burns, me dear, I have never read him for years." But on the way home I bought a mike, took it home, got out my moth-eaten copy of Burns verse and on my very unprofessional equipment I made a tape of Burns, - the usual things, "Immortal Memory", "Tam O' Shanter", "The Jolly Beggars" etc. I also sang a few of the Burns songs that I knew the music to, and she sent it off to her son who teaches in Spain.

He duly took it out to Boston to his friend, Charlie Rodgers. It seems he was the one who wanted to hear Burns stuff in the Scots tongue, as you cannot get the accent from a book. Charlie told me the last time he called, that the tape is nearly worn out now.

How did you get started writing poetry?

I met an ex R A F type in the pub after I was demobilised from the army after the war, he was a bit of a Burns fanatic and after we got to know each other, we found we were on the same wavelength and started writing verses to each other, some serious and some comical, so I suppose you could say that he started me off writing verse and I have been making up verses on and off ever since.

Who were your influences?

In my school days and in my youth I used to read Keats, Shelley, Byron and Wordsworth, as well as our national bard, of course.


My daughter made a website up for me recently and if you logon to http://tomyoungverses.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/ you can read some of them. I have personally published about 6 books on my computer under various titles.

I have had about a dozen poems published in national publications since about 1948 and the local paper, "The Leader", has been including my verse under the name Tom for about 3 years now and have published about a 100 of them.

Examples of poetry.

  1. A Child
  2. A Merry Christís Mass!
  3. A Merry Christís Mass! II
  4. A Parcel of Rogues!
  5. Ain't life a hoot!
  6. An Aye for an Eye!
  7. Big Brother
  8. Bonnie Prince Charlie!
  10. Friends
  11. Glencoe
  12. Lest We Forget!
  13. Magonagallese!
  14. Memoriam
  15. Smile
  1. Sue You!
  2. The Age of Innocence
  3. The Friendship Club
  4. The Holocaust!
  5. The Loony Bins!
  6. The Rhymer
  7. The Survivors!
  8. The Traveller
  9. This Sharia Paria!
  10. This TV Trash!
  11. Till death us do!
  12. Tilting at Windmills
  13. To Burns, A Tribute!
  14. To Verse
  15. Twin Tower Tragedy!
  16. Words
  17. You could not make it up!

Who are the Scots?

Joseph Black (1728 - 1799) Chemist. Professor of Anatomy and Chemistry in Glasgow University (1756) and then Professor of Medicine and Chemistry in Edinburgh (1766). Developed the concept of 'Latent Heat' and discovered Carbon Dioxide (Fixed Air). Regarded as the Father of Quantitative Chemistry.

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