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THE WEARING OF THE GREEN DETAILS

On Roman ruled British isles,
   On a sunny morn
Forth century on the day of Ides  
   Our Patrick was born
To the deacon and his wife fair; 
   A beautiful morn
And priest grandfather who care’
   Their Patrick was born

He, young and bright as a button 
   This could be clearly seen
Was Patrick the lad and glutton
   Tall for his age at sixteen 
 Taken as a slave to nearby Eire 
   At tender age sixteen
by knavish raiders – this not fair
    Long time not to be seen

God visited Patrick in a dream 
    On this Emerald Isle
 When revealed to him to stream
   Patrick broke rank and file
He boarded a ship and set sail 
    left this unwelcome isle
In Britain to tell all the tale
   Then Gaul - priesthood and file

In 432, back to Eire to convert them 
   A land green with shamrock
From their polytheism to stem
   Worshiping even a rock
To explain the Holy Trinity 
   He used the shamrock
Enlightened them till affinity
   They accepted *The Rock

To explain the Holy Trinity 
   He used the shamrock
Enlightened them till affinity
   They accepted The Rock
They are wearing the Green
They are wearing the Green...

*Rock of Ages

21 January 2013


BALLAD METER

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  1. Date: 1/22/2013 6:10:00 AM
    We learn we grow! Onward! Light & Love

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/22/2013 10:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    We will rock you (to the music of Queen).... ;-)
  1. Date: 1/22/2013 1:33:00 AM
    I have changed the layout of the poem and altered it to be in line with the Ballad format - the latter was my intention. Thank you all for your input. Love, Su

  1. Date: 1/21/2013 3:16:00 PM
    Hey Su interesting take on the history of Saint Patrick seems like you mean it to be sung? ballad meter? Ever read any of that book How the Irish Saved the World? Thanks so much for stopping by my writes. Light & Love

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/22/2013 10:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    No, I have not read many books set in or about Ireland.
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/21/2013 3:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Unlike Common Metre (8/6/8/6), Ballad Metre, is irregular and the lines may vary in syllable count and length - per Wikipedia. Hence me employing internal rhyme in lines one and three, to balance the tempo somewhat. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you Debbie. Love
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/21/2013 3:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for the "tip", Debbie. I have now included the footnote re the minstrel... :-)
  1. Date: 1/21/2013 1:32:00 PM
    Very educational Suzette. A lot of research went into finding these facts. Well done poem to honor the Irish. Good luck in the contest. Warm Smiles Always, Connie

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/21/2013 3:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for the idea re the green beer - I had forgotten about that aspect of celebrating Saint Patrick's Day... :-)
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/21/2013 2:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Connie. I will drink that green beer on your winning with your poem... ;-)
  1. Date: 1/21/2013 9:26:00 AM
    nice little history lesson, if for the contest, good luck

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/21/2013 10:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Francine. It is my first attempt at a Ballad and I am afraid that I am very much at sea....but how else will I learn? :-)