By DANNETTE DOOLEY
Special to TC Media
Joe Emberley of Joe Batt’s Arm has become an accomplished poet over years. The inspiration for much of his work comes from within.
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Joe Emberley, who lives in Joe Batt’s Arm on Fogo Island, is not only a poet, but musician.
The Joe Batt’s Arm Mummers
There once was a time in Joe Batt’s Arm
When a movement evolved that was quite a charm
Oh it happened in other places as well
Passed down from the old folks as anyone can tell.
A group of people with covered faces
Dressed any old way from head to bootlaces
With accordion, fiddle, guitar in hand
They walked to and fro in outport Nfld.
They knocked on doors and were welcomed in
Played music and danced again and again
Were given a drink to enhance their mood
And feasted on some good old Nfld food.
Music and song being essential parts
Of the human psyche, the human heart
Mummers culture evolving from within
To satisfy the hunger for fulfillment again.
The longing of which humanity is filled
Cries out for a musical element instilled
Proceeding from the nature of the divine
Music, song and dance unfolding with time.
The mystery and musical elements pondered
The enjoyment at which many have wondered
The concept at which many have danced
And afterwards felt their lives more enhanced.
The mummers culture came across the sea
Without ancestors and passed on to you and me
And may we enjoy it in all its simplicity
As our forefathers did when they had no electricity.