Joe Batt’s Arm native pens seasonal selections

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Joe Emberley of Joe Batt’s Arm has become an accomplished poet over years. The inspiration for much of his work comes from within.

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.


Organizations: TC Media, The King

Geographic location: Fogo Island

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  • Noel Mount
    December 30, 2015 - 17:08

    Nice to see Joe's poems in print.... Say Hi to him please!