Monday, March 12, 2018

Poetry Prompt - Blessings, Curses, or Limericks?

Image by Karen Arnold
Tis that time of year, my dears! The wearing o' the green and the celebrating of St. Patrick's Day is not limited to those of Irish descent. On March 17, we can all take part in the festivities. For our prompt this week, I offer you a choice - blessings or limericks!

Please share the link to your poem in the comments below. Or go ahead and post your poem. We're looking forward to reading your work.

I wish you words,
Amy McGrath

The Prompt:

Write your own version of an Irish blessing or, if you're so inclined, try your hand at writing a few limericks. Here are examples of both to inspire you...


May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health,
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of you wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
Be those which come true,
The kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

An Old Irish Curse:

May those that love us love us;
And those that don't love us, 
May God turn their hearts;
If he can't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles, so we'll
Know them by their limping.

And some limericks:

There once was a man from Nantucket,
 Who kept all his cash in a bucket,
 But his daughter, named Nan, 
Ran away with a man, 
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

There was a girl from Rabat,
Who had triplets, Nat, Pat and Tat;
It was fun in the breeding,
But hell in the feeding,
When she found she had no tit for Tat.

And finally, by Ogden Nash

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill can hold more than his beli-can.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week
But I’m damned if I see how the heli-can.

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