A Wee Bit

As luck would have it, dontcha’ know, I’m not very Irish. All doz years of tinking I was at least half-Irish were years of illusion, maybe even wishful tinking because me’ da’ he was half Irish, or so he told me, and he mighta’ been, but you know it wasn’t true, not a tall.


But I looked Irish enough to fool some men in an Irish pub in San Diego, a place where the Irish expats (though no Irishman is ever an ex-Pat, if you get my meaning) hung out and sang sad songs and talked of the home country. “When were you last home?” asked a be-boozled old guy wit a tick brogue and tears streaming down his cheeks.

Not getting his meaning I told him, “This morning.”

“Och, you must be tired,” he said.


When You are Old
William Butler Yeats
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all from the scandahoovian side of the family… And here’s the song that made that old man cry.


15 thoughts on “A Wee Bit

  1. Well, the vikings did a lot of settling in that area during all their raiding and pillaging. Lots of Irish folks have Scandanavian DNA.

  2. Well, top a da marnin’ to ya anyways, me daor! Scots-Irish blood here, and nary a word o’ tha Irish to me name. ‘Tis a right scandal, don’t ya know.

    Ahh, “Fields of Gold.” A beautiful love song, ‘Tis one I plan ta play at me man’s wake…if I’m nae the first one gone.

    Och, this wee Scottie canna’ manage hardly a word o’ the Irish….

    In fact, I think it’s best I drop it right now, before I manage to squeeze BOTH feet into my mouth. Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you, Martha!

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