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John McCormick

Why write poetry, Poet?

I am a rhymer, not a poet. They are the Burns, Wordsworth’s and Scott’s. “Oh, to have a little of their art”.

How did you get started writing poetry?

I decided to send to this web site upon the urging of a writer friend, to share with you, and to hope that you like some of my play with words. It has been something that I have always enjoyed doing.

Who were your influences?

I have been encouraged by your response. Many things I have written for a particular moment in time, and only make sense to those involved. Some require a little Scottish "translation". There is no money in verse, as poor Topaz McGonagall found out in Dundee. Sadly, perhaps in his case, even ridicule.

I am a retired, transplanted Scot, from Stirling. I do a few other “artsy” things, like painting and music. During our overly long winters here in Canada, I like to read, and write. Most times with feeling, and sometimes with my warped humour. I never take myself too seriously.

I play golf, in summer. I suppose, in conclusion, I could say that I am not really a golfer either. They would be the Woods and Montgomerie’s. “Oh, to have a little of their art”

Examples of poetry.

  1. A Dream
  2. A Poem for Christmas
  3. A Race Involving the Village Idiots
    circa 1751

  4. A True Scot in 1939
  5. And it used tae be such a nice word!
  6. Atonement
  7. Caviar
  8. Clouds
  9. Empathy
  10. Flower of Scotland - (a parody)
  11. Growth Rings
  12. Love of a Wean
  1. Once Shy, Once Removed
  2. Retirement Home Reverie
  3. Scottish Ex-pats
  4. Sign In Baghdad
  5. Snap Shots
  6. The Game
  7. The Memoirs Of A Scotsman With Alzheimer's
  9. Time in a Bottle
  10. Touching Nerves
  11. Waterfall
  12. Ye’ Are Whit Ye’ Eat

Who are the Scots?

George Cleghorn (1716 - 1794) Army surgeon who discovered that quinine bark acted as a cure for Malaria, a form of which was endemic in Britain at that time.

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