Francis Duggan

Den Joe Murphy - Poem by Francis Duggan

One of the strongest men in Cullen in his physical prime
Though like all others he eventually fell victim to time
Den Joe one of the nice people of Lisnaboy
His few pints of porter he used to enjoy

A tall broad shouldered handsome fellow hair dark as a crow
Den Joe Murphy was a kind and a good person to know
He did not have children and did not have a wife
And he lived in Lisnaboy all of his life

He lived with his mum Hanna Leary his sisters Joan and Peg in Lisnaboy did not stay
A new generation in Cullen in Duhallow today
All we retain of the past are memories of people and Seasons long gone
And on all of our lives the biological clocks ticking on

On his farm in Lisnaboy Den Joe worked hard every day
And nothing easy in life ever did come his way
But if he could help you he was one who would
He was one who in him who had a whole pile of good

The changes keep happening in the Lisnaboy of today
In the cemetery by Cullen church Den Joe's last remains lay
And though the now is all that does matter as the wise one does say
Good memories live on and till death with us stay.

Topic(s) of this poem: people

Form: Verse

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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