April Ryan | Mar 17, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
Born weighing an Irish lucky seven-eleven,
winning numbers in a crapshoot beginning.
A pink bundle screams wordless demands,
tones magically receive psychic responses.
All wishes red-carpet care granted at home,
challenging expectations outside the door,
world mysteries grow puzzling discoveries.
A grandfather waved goodbye to Ireland
stepping on Ellis Island leaving an “O” behind
to mask changing identity, blending a new
pitched accent to find a pot of gold formed
at the end of rainbow streets edged in clover.
School days celebrated a saint named Patrick
removed snakes from an emerald hued island.
Whispering grasses help find four-leaf clovers
granting a gift of seven days good fortune.
A two dollar tee-shirt worn in summer.
Four-leaf clover centered, words state
KISS ME I’M IRISH. Morning smiles
faded through a traffic-jammed day.
Long line crawled to a cheerless cashier,
monotone declaring, “I’ll ring up your
purchase, but I won’t kiss you.”
Surprised, a finger pointed to my shirt.
Forgotten slogan brightened our day.
April Ryan is a retired Seattle bus driver who loves to write and writes about love.
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