In honor of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, whose day we celebrate every March, here is my shamrock of three poems written for Saint Patrick's Day.
I reland always beckoning:
R ainbows and pots of gold;
E merald Isle ever glistening in Celtic tales of old;
L eprechauns, lurking, listening;
A ncient Druids by Saints redeemed.
N omad offspring seek those green shores,
D rawn to Eire like ancient reckoning.
St. Patrick the Shepherd
A Poem for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick as a young man
Was captured and carried away.
He became a slave in Ireland,
Where he's loved until this day
Patrick tended his sheep flock,
Where he heard the voice of God,
And he became a shepherd,
To those born on Irish sod.
He used the Irish shamrock
To teach the trinity.
He showed the Celtic Church
The path to Eternity.
So wear your green with honor
And remember this great man --
A saint who learned as a captive
To seek God and follow his plan.
St. Patrick Acrostic
S ent to Ireland by God,
T aken there by force.
P atrick tended his flock
A nd listened to the Lord.
T ime ended his bondage
R eturning as a free man.
I nspiring with stories and service,
C eltic Christians honored him,
K eeping his memory forever green.
© 2011 Kathryn E. Darden.
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