Squaring the Irish Circle -
A poem by Patrick Fenton
a pint with Behan and Kerouac
story by Patrick Fenton
Can Be Said About The Irish
utterly impractical, never predictable,
irascible, quite inexplicable Irish?
blend of shyness, pride and conceit,
stubborn refusal to bow in defeat.
spoiling and ready to argue and fight,
the smile of a child fills their souls with delight.
eyes are the quickest to well up with tears,
their strength is the strongest to banish your fears.
hate is as fierce as their devotion is grand,
theres no middle ground on which they will stand.
wild and theyre gentle, theyre good and theyre bad,
proud and theyre humble, theyre happy and sad.
in love with the ocean, the earth and the skies,
and victim, a star and a clod.
mostly, theyre Irish
In love with their God.
Author unknown -
the mission of the Irish monks . . . the world that came after them would have
been an entirely different one--a world without books."
Cahill - from his book "How
The Irish Saved Civilization."