Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"

Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"

A Poem by Einstein Noodle
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this is my third weeks assignment for the MOOC i am in .. we had two choices and mine was to write a Pantoum. It also is supposed to address a cultural tradition with its meaning then and today

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a Pantoum
My Da wasn't much of a talking man;
he loved his stew and brew.
At table he told us a story
of how the Green holds true.
He loved his stew and brew but
harpooned his feeling free.
At table he told us a story or two
while bouncing me on his knee.
Harpooning his feeling free,
tears pierced his cheek that day.
While bouncing me on his knee;
he knew i would go away.
A tear pierced his cheek that day.
Diaspora paraded the streets.
He knew i would go away;
while cèilidhs of Dál Riata did meet
When diaspora paraded the ave
they forgot the bones and the teeth.
While cèilidhs of Dal Riata gathered
babies died in the streets.
They forgot the bones and the teeth.
At table he told a story or two.
Babies died in the streets.
It never was talked of, 'tis true

© 2017 Einstein Noodle


Author's Note

Einstein Noodle
The Pantoum is made up of any number of quatrains. The second and fourth lines of preceding verses becomes the first and third line of the following verse. The last verse is a little different in that the first and third line are the second and fourth of the stanza above and the closing line is many times repeats the opening line.

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I liked this very much.. I had to google to find out what cèilidhs of Dal Riata meant.. my Grandmother was the last of the American Scotts that spoke Gaelic.. sad loss that.. both the language and my Gram.. thank you for giving me a reason to look.. and learn a bit more about my roots..

Posted 3 Years Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

oh my goodness olla! i would love to know more of your Gram .. and loss .. yes what loss for sure .... read more
olla

3 Years Ago

I didn't know my Gram very well.. I was a child when she passed.. but the mystery of who she was dro.. read more
Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

:) ................
The Pantoum, what a complicated format. But I
It is true.. many stories are passed on,but often the 'bad' things are ignored and just not talked of. Well written, Einstein.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

thanks Auntie .. our next assignment was to take the pantoum and "explode it" minimize it and yet re.. read more
What a poetic feat of words and rhyme! The subject matter rich with history. Your tribute to your father is honest and heart-felt. "The diaspora", we see the babies dying in the street- we hear the things not said...Magnificent Master-Class work E.!

Posted 3 Years Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

you are too kind Annette ..and very encouraging :) thank you so much for taking time and reviewing ... read more
Never heard of "Pantoum" before this, but the skill required to employ and successfully produce under those guidelines is on the other side of "above average", edging to the "genius" mark on the scale. *bowing and backing away*

Posted 3 Years Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

ahahahaha thank you Carol ... i had not heard of it before either .. love you tongue in cheek "geniu.. read more
I enjoyed this story. A feel of Mark Twain. Real people and real life. You create good people and interesting tale. A outstanding poem my friend.
Coyote

Posted 3 Years Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

thanks Coyote Man! culture and heritage are important to us eh!? and my "Da" did instill it in me .... read more
Coyote Poetry

3 Years Ago

I enjoyed this one and you are welcome.
Scríbhneoireacht mhór One exciting aspect of the pantoum is its subtle shifts in meaning that can occur as repeated phrases are revised with different punctuation and thereby given a new context. You have creatively captured the purposeful meaning and concept most admirably ... :-)

Posted 3 Years Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

thank you so much Phill! i agree ..and it almost writes itself once one gets down and works at it a .. read more
A tale and a half, a history told and what seems to be a complex form. How i envy your patience and endurance in ending with such clarity.

Just enjoyed part of the video.. such a vibrant picture too..

Posted 3 Years Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

best of the day to ya emma .. yes it is just that a tale and history and a form i just keep re-worki.. read more
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emmajoy

3 Years Ago

So sorry I had to rush away, bread and rolls for my sister in the oven, daren't let them burn!
.. read more
I actually live in the ancient Kingdom of Daliriada. not far from its one time capital. Which is in Scotland not Ireland although parts of Ulster were part of the Kingdom.
I like this primarily for the subject matter rather than the technique. But I am impressed.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

yes ..and as we do know ..the Irish came from those Highlands eh!? what a blessed man ye be Sir Ken .. read more
Ken Simm.

3 Years Ago

I hope I didn't come over as all know it all. I am honestly, very impressed.
Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

oh not at all my dear friend not at all ...strict forms are not put on comfortably by me either .. i.. read more

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