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Below is the poem entitled THE WEARING OF THE GREEN which was written by poet Suzette Richards. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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On Roman ruled British isle, to the deacon and his wife fair; 
On a beautiful morn, our Patrick was born, in a forth century lair 

Young and bright as a button; taken by knavish raiders - not fair
At tender age sixteen, long time not be seen, a dutiful slave to Eire

God spoke to devoted Patrick in a dream on this Emerald Isle
Boarded ship and set sail, in Britain to tell the tale; Gaul: priesthood and file
In 432, back to Eire to convert the pagans worshiping even a rock 
To explain the Holy Trinity, enlightening them till affinity, he used the shamrock

Pat inspired the Irish festival, history tells his colour was blue,
The wearing of the Green, even if one can't keen - Skyfest invites all parties true

Sung by a tone deaf (they all were) mistrel, tanked up on green beer

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Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms:
This metre (BALLAD METRE) may also be interpreted (and sometimes printed) as a couplet of seven-stress lines, as in Kipling's ‘Ballad of East and West’ (1889):

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  1. Date: 1/22/2013 10:33:00 PM
    Very informative, Suz. Yes, I used to teach my students all about this history. There is much of interest concerning "patrick" who was not even Irish!! But he is firmly embedded as their patron saint. Long live the Irish!!!

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/23/2013 1:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    To the Irish!! ;-)
  1. Date: 1/22/2013 4:54:00 PM
    best of luck in the contest. thanks for your kind comments.

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/23/2013 1:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Joann :-)