St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the day Donald Trump quoted what he thought was an Irish proverb but was more likely a verse from a Nigerian poet. Oh, well. He should have instead gone for inspiration to the pages of poetry for St. Patrick’s Day put up by the Poetry Foundation and Poets.org….Here’s one:
St. Patrick’s Day
There’s an Isle, a green Isle, set in the sea,
Here’s to the Saint that blessed it!
And here’s to the billows wild and free
That for centuries have caressed it!
Here’s to the day when the men that roam
Send longing eyes o’er the water!
Here’s to the land that still spells home
To each loyal son and daughter!
Here’s to old Ireland—fair, I ween,
With the blue skies stretched above her!
Here’s to her shamrock warm and green,
And here’s to the hearts that love her!
(poetry diary 208-3/17/17)