Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Stained Glass Shamrock

You’ll find no green beer here
Or stories with a jeer here
about shamrock socks
or leprechaun jocks;
The Irish won’t get a smear here.

I pass along this fantastic
idea, not sarcastic,
not as a joke
about wee folk,
But with thought enthusiastic:

Storytelling is an art
that makes the Irish a part
of words unfurled
joining the world
To one growing literary chart.

Copyright 2015 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: The foregoing are my limericks three, to frame my respect for my Irish heritage. The shamrock is a work in progress by my daughter and I. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here are few treasures by Irish authors:

While mantling on the maiden’s cheek
Young roses kindled into thought.

 ―  Thomas Moore

The Lake Isle Of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core. 

― William Butler Yeats

My body was like a harp and her words and gestures
were like fingers running upon the wires.

 ― James Joyce, Araby

Of the things which nourish the imagination,
humour is one of the most needful,
and it is dangerous to limit or destroy it.

 ―  John Millington Synge

I think of the bog as a feminine goddess-ridden ground,
rather like the territory of Ireland itself.

 ―  Seamus Heaney

Irish Blessing

32 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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  3. Thank you for the St Patrick’s Day celebration Brenda!♥ The day usually passes me by without noticing, but since I’ve had the blog there’s no chance of that – always someone mentioning it! I should be into it really as I am half Irish myself and my dear old Dad was called Patrick! 😀


  4. I’m not Irish – but have 3 lucky Irish charms that I call my kids. LOL
    Well – they are part Irish & so is my husband. So- their luck must rub off on me too – right? 😉

    Hope you had a nice St. Patty’s Day. Wishes to you for continued blessings.

    Can’t wait to see your daughter’s finished project (if ok to share – please do).


  5. Happy Saint Patrick’ s Day , dear Bren! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ~

    May the Luck of the Irish be with you… I love your poem and the excerpts and quotes by Irish authors…

    Tweeting this post right now… Many hugs, Aquileana 😀


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