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Poems by Jonn Bearcat Redmond
Collection 1


The Life of
         Jonn Bearcat
     in Poetic Prose
1950-date

1) We are the Scotsmen

         We are the Scotsmen we are young and old
Sailed the world our stories told
Shared our honors, And set lands free
Thats made a life for you and me
We have a country where the grass is green
The purple heather a romantic scene
The snowy gowans on the roadsides bare
The pheasant flies in the autum air
We are the Scotsmen from a land thats ours
Tree's of Pine, smell like the summer flowers
We are the Scots and we know our place
Freedom calls throughout the land with grace


2) Glendevon

Thers a wee place in Perthshire, its nae far frae thi Forth
Glendevon Castles is its name ain its nae thit far north
It stauns oon a hull ,nae veri hi ais ye'll see
Bit a beautifil place ye hae evir clapped ain eee

Oh thi castle thi Castle in this a glorius glen
Its donor wis a Douglas a man amongst men
Be ye rich be ye pair or humble ye wull ken
Thirs room fer ye aw in  thi glorius Glen

Ave bin doon tae edinbury,ain Glesca ais weel
Ain ave bin doon in england ait thi big birlin wheel
Bit gie mi thi land o'Red Douglas ain his men
Ain thi strength in ma legs fer a waulk up thi glen

Oh thi castle thi Castle in this a glorius glen
Its donor wis a Douglas a man amongst men
Be ye rich be ye pair or humble ye wull ken
Thirs room fer ye aw in  thi glorius Glen

Whin ye gan up Glendevon which a hope ye intend
Hae a look ait thi church ais ye waulk rooned thi bend
Thin gaze yer een roond ye and see fer yersel
Thit that jaunt up Glendevon his paid ye richt weel

Oh thi castle thi castle in this a glorius glen
Its donor wis a Douglas a man amongst men
Be ye rich be ye pair or humble ye wull ken
Thirs room fer ye aw in  thi glorius Glen

So whaur er ye mite be in yer journey throo life
Wi its ups ain its doons ain struggles ain strife
Jist stop fer yin minute ain yer thochts ye kin sen
Tae thit beautifil dae thit ye spent in thi glen

Oh thi castle thi castle in this a glorius glen
Its donor wis a Douglas a man amongst men
Be ye rich be ye pair or humble ye wull ken
thers room fer ye aw in thi glorious glen


3) Dreams of Childhood in Kelty

Ive started to dream of all the times when we were  young and each day was
filled with joys
We would  climb the hills and walk around the Lochs never giving a thought to
toys
We would climb our nearest mountain ,Benarty was its name
Or we would wander through the Weewoods,hunting all the game
The Meadows was our big swampland,and Loch Ore was  our big sea
And many a raft or homemade ship was found sunk or floating free
Sometimes  we would sit on the redden ash of the Aitken Bing so high
And dream of the wild strawberries at the back of the hill
And in the warmth of the sun we would just lie
We would gaze at the cooling towers,as they thundered like rain
And We would look at the grass with a mild distain
We would talk of the great times we have had there before
Like down at the Perch hole so black and so deep, or after the big trout
in the bay where they would sleep
Oh life was good when your young and so bold
But now its just memories and dreams when you get old


4) Joys of Love

My heart is filled with joys of love
My thoughts are sheer divine
My lips feel sweet against your skin
Which tastes like precious wine
My days are long like summertime
My nights like heavens sleep
And when Im not beside my love
My eyes they close and weep
I give my heart and soul to you
Forever and a day
Our love will last for ever more
Great joy in every way
So think of me in hours of need
Or when we are far apart
Just close your eyes blank out your mind
And saviour whats in your heart


5) Reality

Yes many years have passed indeed
Since I was young and wild
And even though my hair is white
I feel Im still a child
Ive dreamt of all the fantasies

That one dreams of in life
The dreams of gold and riches
But not the worries or the strife
Ive dreamt of sugar mountains
And the rain that tastes like rice
Dreamt of doing wonders
And all the things that's nice
But nights are getting shorter
And my dreams just make me cry
As my dreams are not reality
And its not long till I die


6) To my Friends across the sea

May the ocean winds blow gently
Across the open sea,
May the sky at night thats filled with stars
Take a message of friendship for you from me
May the moon shine her moonbeams on you for evermore
And our friendship lasts forever like the sands upon the shore


7) Wars and more Wars

Think of all the wars thats over
Think of all the wars there has been
Think of all those soldiers dying
Why,,,,,,,,,,what did it mean

Think of all the children crying
Think of all the peoples homes
Think of all the lives that are wasted
Why,,,,,,,,does it go on

Think of all the wars thats over
Think of all the wars there has been
Think of all those people dying
Why,,,,,,,,,,,what did it mean

Think of all the wars  to come yet
Think of them all, what did it mean
Think of all the things we can do to stop them
From the passed lessons we have seen
So ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,why dont we 


8) Tribute to a Scottish Soldier

Here's to the men of the Scottish Division
From the time the world began
And here is to the Pipes and drums as they march
Each man to serve his Clan
Remember the Seaforths, the Camerons, the Argylls
The Black Watch, the Gordons with their cocky wee smiles
The Cameronians, The Royal Scots and the KOSB
The HLI, the Greys and the Bold Fusilier with a glint in his eee'
Think of their honors, in battles they have won
Think of the fathers, the brothers, the sons
Think of the scars that we cannot see
And the lands far away ,that they have set free
Now Honor these men from the present to the past
With great pride in your heart and thoughts that will last


9) A Son of a Coalminer

         I was born outside Edinburgh and brought up in Fife
My fathers a miner its a dangerous life
No brothers three sisters and kept very healthy
In the dark Adams Terrace in a wee place called Kelty
I will tell you a bit about all my life
From miner to soldier, farming and rail
From labouring with Wimpey on the Inverness trail
Ive had ups and downs and struggles and strife
A family of my own and a beautiful wife
When you lived down the Terrace with its dirt and its grime
A bit bread and butter was shared most of the time
Your doorway was open. and a seat by your grate
Your key was on a string, no locks on your gate
Men talked of their pigeons and the Union was a must
My father would be coughing ,with the dirty black dust
With sweat in his eyes, or maybe just was tears
You would always hear him talking of the past fifty years
So where er you may be in your journey through life
Just think of a Son of a miner in Fife


10) Partings come and hearts are broken

Loved one's go with words unspoken
The flowers will wither, the sun will set
But we who have known you will never forget
Your name we will miss, your words we will treasure
Loving you always...Forgetting you never


11) Lost Love

I think of you in silence and I often say your name
And all I have is memories and a photo in a frame
I miss you in the mornings of each and every day
And I miss you in the evenings as the as the daylight fades away

I promise Id do better, and id promise Id do well
Only time could be the healer and only time could ever tell

Each day I spend without you ,my memories they cling
I miss you for a thousand loving little things
My heart is full of sorrow..... feelings of regret
But the heart that always loves you.. is a heart that wont forget
They said in time Id forget..... to some that may be true
But not a day begins or ends without a thought of you

I promise I will do better I promise I would do well
Only time can be a healer only time can tell

Tomorrow is another day, but tomorrow never really comes
I think of all our yesterdays and all the things we had done
I think of all the troubles.. the heartaches... the pain
my days now without  you
          Will I ever love again


12) Magic of the Golden Time

All I seek in my life today is a little love to come my way
Someone true who really care, and has a love they wish to share
I have spent my life it seems just wasting all I had to give
And now that I am all alone I have given up lots to live
Life just seems its been a hardship with suffering and of pain
The price of love is far to much its all giving ,,,and no gain
And sadly there is many who feel like me today
That when we get to a certain age.... our confidence just fades away
You find there is people who have plenty love.. married yet only in mind
And others they have a choice of loves they swop for lots of kind
But all I want is a true love, someone I can hold and whose heart is mine
Not to share with everyone else, but just to start again with me in the Magic 
of Golden Time


13) Concepts of Love

When travelling the path of life and finding love along the way Everything
looks new and different little do you know it is the same old landscape you
used to see all of the time
 Love has just given you new eyes  this thing you feel inside and you shall
never part
For the gift you have been given  is all of  their heart.
For hearing your thoughts, understanding your dreams and being your best
friend...
For filling your life with joy and loving you without end..
The essential sadness is to go through life without loving
But it would be almost equally sad to leave this world
Without ever telling those you loved that you love them.
Love is born of faith  lives on hope, and dies of charity
The sound of a kiss is not so loud as a cannon
But its echo lasts a great deal longer, you can never forget that first kiss
Follow your own heart, Not the heart of  others 


14) Christmas Love

You ask me what I wanted for my Christmas
I told you anything would do
You ask me if I wanted gold or silver
I told you, nothing is more precious than you

Its crying time again... I dont want to lose you
You have got  that faraway look in your eye
I've told you... that I  cant stop loving you
Why do you hurt me this way and make me cry

Please dont ask me what I want for my christmas
When you know all I ever want in my life  is you
To hold in my arms from dawn to sunsets
So it takes away the pain and I dont feel blue

Dont tell me its crying time again, and your gonna leave me
My heart cant be broken any more and my dreams of love is dying
When I watch you walk out the door
Please dont ask me what I want for my Christmas
Dont offer me silver or gold
Just tell me my darling you love me
And we'll be together till were very old.


15) Divorce

I know that day, I cried like a little boy
When I had to say good-bye
But I find it hard to  stop loving you
That my darling I will not lie
You made me my life complete and  wonderful
With all your love and care
And my heart is aching deep inside
And even after two lonely years I find it very hard to bear
I know at times your watching me
I can see in your eyes you still feel love
And everytime I see you in the street
Id like you to take back all my love
You will always be my number one in everything  I see or  do
And everything I achieve in life
I can put it down to you


16) A Memory of You

Remembering you is very easy
I do it it every day,missing you is the heartache
That just seems to never fade away
Sometimes I just suffer in silence
No one really knows my pain
I tried so hard to get your love in the past few years
But feel it  was all in vain
It really broke my heart to lose you
And when I see you in the town at times I dont really feel alone
Its when i open the door to my house Then I feel its not  my home 


17) Lost Love

I think of you in silence and I often say your name
And all I have is memories and a photo in a frame
I miss you in the mornings of each and every day
And I miss you in the evenings as the as the daylight fades away

I promise Id do better, and id promise Id do well
Only time could be the healer and only time could ever tell

Each day I spend without you ,my memories they cling
I miss you for a thousand loving little things
My heart is full of sorrow..... feelings of regret
But the heart that always loves you... is a heart that wont forget
They said in time Id forget......to some that may be true
But not a day begins or ends without a thought of you

I promise I will do better I promise I would do well
Only time can be a healer only time can tell

Tomorrow is another day, but tomorrow never really comes
I think of all our yesterdays and all the things we had done
I think of all the troubles... the heartaches... the pain
my days now without  you
          Will I ever love again 


18) What life without you

What good is life when one is alone
What use is a house when its not a home
What good is your future,when your love's in the past
Why bother with love ,when you know it may not last
Ther's not need for joy when your backs to the wall
No lover to hold no cuddles at all
Great Spirit dont send me when I die,
To some big ghetto in the sky
Where dog eats dog like the tiger type
And the Sunday news is rubbish and trip
I meet all these people every day online,,I feel their pain
My life is gone, wont come back again
I used to think the country was pure paradise
Where my friends where loyal and the strangers were nice
Where music I will hear will be Folky and free
Promise me Lord...and happy I will be


19) My friend Jenny

There is always hope,I have heard it say to help us through a trying day
To pass away the boring hours, whether you exercise or just picking flowers
There is people who just like to care,for you and me who have lots to share
In this world we have today,not much work and many people have lots to say
They find the time to lend an ear, and listen to your worries and fear
And when we have shared our struggles and strife, we will feel that then we
are ready for life
I met a lass called Jenny, who felt she had lost her chance
To work along with other people and get the odd romance
She felt that she was inferior because she was a little fat like many people
today
But I believe when she finds her confidence,it will help her on her way
It just takes time and patience,to guide us to be strong
That  we might awake like other people and waken with a song
But up until that time comes, we never give up trying
Although we feel that were left out,,,,,,,,,,sometimes depressed and crying,


20) Dream of Dreams

Long days will pass and years will go by
And the love I have for you I dont think will ever die
Time will pass and memories will stay
Its hard to stop loving you as your in my mind every day
I remember always your smile  when you share the
times you gave your love and care
Always thoughtful,always kind
These are the memories that will stay in my mind
They say that hearts dont really break but thats not really true
The time I have spent alone in these past few years
Sometimes broke my heart in two
How sweet sounds death............ to a broken heart
No longer in my life you share,
And how the future will never be
As I will turn and you wont be there
But deep in my heart you will always stay
Remembered and loved .............. every day


21) Special Lost Love

How do i put this pen to paper with the feelings I have inside
The many times I have needed you and the many times Ive cried
I have a book of memories not in a drawer, not even on a shelf
Its locked away inside my heart and the key I keep myself
And when I was feeling  lonely ,quite i used to do
Id think upon that special page and the time I spend with you
In the mornings when id wakeup and realise your gone
No one really knows the heartache as Id try and carry on
Tears would be on my pillow,that lingering pain inside my heart
Oh darling dear ,,,,the day you died ,my real world fell apart
My pals they see me coping I sometimes gave a little smile
They may think that I had forgotten her as its been so long a while
There are lots of things that have changed so much in my life is true
But the one thing that could never happen was the feelings I had for you


22) Summer Snow

If I can close my eyes at night and know that you are near
How much my life would be complete,I shed a gentle tear
Of happiness and feelings,, of inner joy and glee
I would waken in the brightest sunlight and Id declare my love for thee
I would feel your body by my side,which would fill me full of glow
And now my heart would be ever warm,like the last of the summer snow


23) Do You Honestly

Do you honestly think that you can ever love me
Do you honestly think that you can,,,, ever care
Do you honestly think  that my love can be your love
Do you honestly think that we will ever share
Do you honestly think that I will ever hold you close
And tell you how much I would like it to be
Do you honestly think we will be together always
Or are just waiting for anyone........ but me

Copyrighted John Redmond 2002


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