Wearing of the Green

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St. Patrick's Day--a day for believing in leprechauns!

Wearing of the Green

We celebrate St. Patrick's Day and everyone wear's green—

a necktie or a hair bow with Shamrocks always seen.

Even cut from paper, we proudly pin them on.

We're Irish lads and lassies, straight from Dublin town.

I'd love to go to Ireland and meet a leprechaun.

I'm sure they still are found there, but maybe I am wrong.

I'd like to find that pot of gold 'neath the rainbow arc

and find a four leaf clover, and dance 'round County Cork.

I'd visit me an Irish pub where poets and singers bide

to hear the tales remembered, out in the countryside—

the stories of the fairy folk, the little people.

Are they invisible to humans? Well, that is what they say.

The photos of the Emerald Isle just takes me breath away.

I'd send to you a postcard, with an Irish scene

and another to me self: something in Emerald green.

I'd write a little limerick. I'm sure you've heard a few.

A nonsense poem of Blarney—maybe I'll write two!

“There was a young lady named June

who longed to play the bassoon.

To this end she aspired,

But the girl got so tired,

she just couldn’t carry the tune.”

“An Irish lad named John

loved singing all the day long.

The trouble, of course,

Johnny always was 'hoarse,’

and never could finish a song."

On the 18th day of March, we put all green things away.

We never wear them 'till next St. Paddy’s day.

I love to wear green and sing a fine Irish song,

For 'tis, "Too-rah-lou-rah-lou-rah, too-rah-lou-rah-lie,”

I'll be singing the whole year 1ong.”

Shirley Kranda

“May ye be half an hour in Heaven

before the devil knows your dead.”

An Old Irish Blessing

Shirley Kranda is a local poet who spends time at Edmonds Senior Center.

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