Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2012!


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“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”
— William Butler Yeats


Reel

By Annette Marie Hyder

Let the cold mists swirl.
Let the shamrocks riffle in the breeze
on the hard white cliffs that tower
above the green seaweed.

Call the dark puca
with the whistling of a one-eyed stone.
Trace the burly hillside’s shoulders
to reach the tor top throne.

There I’ll point my face seaward
with my back against the wall
the happiest of fairytale princesses
to ever attend a ball.

The gorgeous waves beneath me
dance in seabed’s ballroom
and the rolling hills beckon me
with their sumptuous costume

to kick my heels up in the grass
although my slippers be of glass
and sure as I am you know I will
kick them off  and race down that hill!

Links of Interest:
St. Patrick’s Day Poem: Irish
At the end of the rainbow
National Geographic: St. Patrick’s Day 2012: Facts, Myths, and Traditions
greenchicagoriver.com
Time News Feed: A Brief History of Leprechauns
Paddy O’Brien: Irish Traditional Music:

“Chulrua’s music is the old instrumental dance melodies of Ireland: jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and the occasional song. We also play walking marches, slow airs, set dances, and the harp music of Turlough O’Carolan and others. Our concerts are in keeping with the old tradition—music in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere, and tunes offered as they were handed down from generation to generation in Ireland. The heart of Irish music is the session, where tunes are played and traded, and conversation about music is the central theme. Sessions can be held anywhere, but are usually the best—and most relaxed—in a small, intimate place like the kitchen of a house or a small pub.” Read more here.

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