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  • An Irishman, I Presume (A fairytale)

    Where found meself, I never knowed,
    a poor auld Irishman abroad.
    No tellin’ where to place me foot,
    all tuckered out an’ queer of gut.

    Not known to speak in foreign tongue,
    ’twould’ve helped me not, for natives, none.
    Was all alone where nowt but fear,
    a night of hooch when woke me here.

    I cried for help, I cried in vain,
    enough ’s enough, you’d go insane.
    ’Tis punishment, the life I’ve had,
    drinkin’, fightin’ since I a lad.

    Decided then to change me ways,
    for God is good to them who prays.
    Fell on me knees an’ bowed me head,
    prayed, if I’m found, don’t find me dead.

    When, lo! Beheld approachin’ me,
    the strangest man you’d ever see.
    Of fierce a face an’ knotted hair,
    a toothless smile, a madman’s stare.

    Says he to me, “I don’t believe,
    been years since I, a soul received.
    “I’m lost,” says he, “of friend an’ clan;
    I’m just a poor auld Irishman.”

    Says I, “Begad, ó Éirinn too
    an’ ’tis lost, I am, just like you.
    They call me Sean an’ you, pray tell?”
    Says he, “Me name, I’ve lost as well!”

    An' lost we were an’ never found,
    we built a home an’ tilled the ground.
    An’ all went well, since dead an’ gone,
    if found this poem, please pass it on.

    An’ tell them that we healed with time;
    the craic was good on homemade wine.
    We warmly fed on beasts unknown,
    strange veg an’ fruits that we had grown.

    Do tell them, too, we fell in love,
    were married by the saints above.
    An’ life was sweet, of all things nice.
    Two Irishmen in paradise.
    Last edited by Tony Grannell; 10-31-2018, 02:57 AM.

  • #2
    Tony, to say you have a way with words, is almost an embarrassing understatement.

    Your witty, thoughtful diction, and clever wordplay, are hallmarks of master poetry.

    You spin a tale effortlessly, eloquently, excellently.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Dwayne, I have never had a compliment of the like. I am filled with gratefulness, I truly am. That you enjoy my simple quaint-like style gladdens me greatly. All the very best to you, Tony.

  • #3
    I concur with Dwayne. Love your tales.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Alexandra, To have someone love what I love doing, is a joy indeed. Thank you very much. Take care now, Tony.

  • #4
    I agree with DWAYNE you have a way with words! Excellent tale! . . . In the 5th stanza, the last line, did you mean 'stare' instead of 'stair'

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Rhymeboy, You are absolutely correct and I thank you. Thrilled you enjoyed this offering and your response is very much appreciated. All the best, Tony.

  • #5
    you can not beat love and like in music it calls out to the reader. very sweet and nice to read. very well written.

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    • Tony Grannell
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      Hello pomezone, Love and music just like bread and jam, sweet and filling. Thank you very much. Kind regards, Tony.

  • #6
    Tony another feast of words. You are a master story teller.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Parkinsionspoet, I love a good story, could listen to them all day. I am very happy you enjoyed this one. Thank you very much. All the best, Tony.
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