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Happy St. Patrick's Day (God bless the Irish)


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           Irish

I’ve always been proud of my Irish
for deep within me is the love
of all things loved by the Irish:
fine horses and music and poetry,
pretty girls and a windy sea.
But I’m no more Irish than you are,
just a mix of many things…
Scottish and Dutch and German,
some Welsh and a little Cherokee.

My Irish is only an illusion, just a name
(though perhaps a touch in the soul).
I’m just an American mongrel
like the rest of us, like that other illusion,
that game we play every day
of who and what we are or want to seem to be
and all but moral mongrels.

Copyright 2009 – Tall Grass & High Waves, Gary B. Fitzgerald



           Irish

My family’s been gone from Ireland
for at least two hundred years.
Many generations in America,
many pioneers. Many who worked hard
for every buck. But the only Irish left
in me is my name and a poem,
a fear of ghosts
and some damned sorry luck.

Copyright 2008 – Softwood: Seventy-eight Poems, Gary B. Fitzgerald


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Re: Happy St. Patrick's Day (God bless the Irish)


hi Gary,

Thanks for the nod to St. Patrick's Day. It's always interesting and complicated to focus on any aspect of identity, especially those emotionally charged items like national or ethnic or religious 'roots.'

Good to see you around,

Chris
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Good stuff, Gary. Moral mongrels indeed. Then again there is a certain strength in mongrels that comes from genetic outcrossing.

Tere
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Thanks, Tere. In my Animal Husbandry classes this was described as 'hybrid vigor'. The product of crossing two different breeds resulted in a combination of better qualities than found in either original breed.

God bless America! emoticon
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