Posted: March 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

Oh, they call it the Luck o’ the Irish
But they know not what they’re sayin
for it’s the strength of we beansídhe,
our intertwined arms and legs
and songs sung when the boyos
are gone to fields
of war
and testosterone
that keeps our world in balance

Skirts gathered above the muck
we tend our family fields
Plant potatoes while
rearing children
hoping they turn out
far better than their elders

We teach daughters to
tend sheep
card wool
and knit sweaters
that announce our clan
with pride
And show them how to say
That is not for me

The boys?
We do our best to
make them brave
and smarter than their fathers
None of us wants to lose
husband, father, son
to war

In the end,
the lot of us
help our boys muster
the strength
to avoid anger
And offer nothing less than peace



  1. pennygadd51 says:

    I like that very much, Lish. You’ve written a wonderful monologue which feels so poignant and so right. I love the message behind the story. The voice you use seems completely authentic. This is just outstanding.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. 4963andypop says:

    Authentic voice to this poem, brushing away the fantasy around St Patrick’s Day and getting down to brass tacks. Far from luck, sounds like hard work and determination!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. 4963andypop says:

    But of course i totally missed the reference to the beansidhe. So fantasy and myth it is!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. A heartfelt poem Alicia – it spoke. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. (my comment was cut short- here’s the rest ) ..to me about the strength of the Irish women, their endurance, and caring and hope for peace.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Doesn’t that make you crazy when a comment flies into space before you’re finished? I often think the women are so much stronger than men when times are tough. Thanks for reading and going back to finish your thoughts.


  6. Lynn Love says:

    As others have said, lovely voice here Lish, lyrical but in no way whimsical. Speaks of a hard life but a worthy one. Let’s hope they succeed in their hopes for their children

    Liked by 1 person

  7. k rawson says:

    Stunning. Love the voice and the recurring theme of a hope for better.

    Liked by 1 person

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