I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, Black Bough, to name a selection. Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote books on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of film star Stephen Boyd.
My own original Text ©2020 Joe Cushnan (But you can RT!)
JUST THE JOB
I found it hard to become a poet, for I found no rhyme or reason to it.
I tried being a man of the cloth for a spell but in the end it was hell.
Working in a coffee shop I tended to find, it was just the same old daily grind.
I tried teaching history but boredom blew it, as I couldn’t see a future to it.
I fancied being a doctor but soon withdrew as I hadn’t the patience to see it through.
I went to Canada with some lumberjacks but couldn’t cut it, so I got the axe.
Back to a shoe shop for a little bit but failed again ‘cos I didn’t fit.
First day in the match factory, quick as you like, the entire workforce went on strike.
I tried oil drilling and exploring but things looked black and the work was boring.
So, I’m back as a poet, a blessing and curse, writing away from bad to verse.