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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Soul of an Isle - by Stephanie Burkhart


It's time to go green this week! Here'a poem I wrote a couple of years ago in honor of St. Patrick's Day. It's a free form poem written before I started experimenting with different poetry form.

So, what are your St. Patrick's Day plans this year? Feel free to share.

Smiles
Steph





THE SOUL OF AN ISLE


From Dublin to Derry,
there's one day to make merry.
Top o' the mornin' to you
on St. Paddy's Day.

It's time to wear green,
and revel in the dreams
of an Irish saint,
on St. Paddy's Day.

Irish raiders took a young lad prisoner,
but that didn't stop him from becoming a minster.
He'd walk'd the forty shades o' green
with no fear or malice
on St. Paddy's Day.

He paid homage to Easter with bonfires,
musical notes on a lyre.
A sun on a cross;
three leaf shamrocks
honor St. Paddy's Day.

Three leaves of clover,
found in Dover,
helped explain the Holy Trinity
to those on St. Paddy's Day.

Four leaves of clover be rare,
yet they compel care.
Hope, Faith, Love, Happiness all,
bring joy on St. Paddy's Day.

Maewyn now Patrick;
no ill-will to prick.
Visions from God,
began his good mission,
on St. Paddy's Day.

A man's soul bound tight,
An Emerald Isle bathed in light,
A tale woven in myths and legends
inspire all on St. Paddy's Day.

4 comments:

Linda Swift said...

Hi Steph,
I was married on St. Patrick's Day and I've been married forever to the same sweet man. Unknown to us at the time, his maternal grandparents had married on the same day. And so did Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Linda

Mona Risk said...

Lovely poem, Steph. My husband proposed on St. Patrick's Day and my favorite color is green.

StephB said...

Linda,
Congrats, Sweetie. What an amazing coicidence with his grandparents and the Roosevelts! Enjoy the day. How many years? Do you care to share? If not, no worries.

Mona...awww.... melting.

Smiles
Steph

Maggie Toussaint said...

nice imagery, Steph. You have just the right touch with poetry.

Maggie