The Optimist - New Zealand Ballads and Verse - PDF Version

The Optimist - New Zealand Ballads and Verse - PDF Version

At school, I had little time for English studies, language or poetry. Perhaps due to my Irish lineage, however, when I wanted to tell a story, I could usually find a way of expressing myself.

I wrote my first song when my late wife, Penny, was diagnosed with cancer and my world was falling apart. When I started an environmental group, the Friends of the Avon Heathcote Estuary, Penny suggested I join Toastmasters to learn how to chair a meeting. It was during this time that I was asked to enter a humorous speech competition and that was when I wrote my first bush ballad ‘the Royal flush’.


Over the following years I have nurtured the art of writing ballads in verse. I have been given many performance opportunities and often been asked for copies of my verse. A digital copy is available to download on my site.


Join me on my wanderings through the mind of a New Zealand Cocky! I think you will like the travels!


  • The poems

    There are recordings of each poem available on my music shop page. You can listen to each poem for 30 seconds. Each poem can also be downloaded to supplement the book. This costs $1 per poem.

    Thank you for your support.



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