Wearing of the Green
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.”
“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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