Tuesday, 17 March 2009
LÁ'LE PÁDRAIG FAOI MHAISE!
Lá 'le Pádraig faoi mhaise / Happy Saint Patrick's Day, y'all!!
I have one Paddy's day poem (based on actual events!) which was in Tattoo:Tatú my last collection, so here it is:
SAINT PATRICK’S DAY, GALWAY
Two tame-as-a-lapdog elephants
march their own private parade
across Quincentennial Bridge,
their keepers suited and smiling.
I buy a moonstone, to balance
my raging yin and yang, try to
sidestep splats of piss and vomit,
the gaggles of green-clad drunks.
A footpath slaps up to meet me,
my sober steps none-too careful,
kneecaps and pride dented, I joke
ruefully with the ambulance crew.