Poem: St. Patrick’s Day 2024 | Cassandra Voices

Poem: St. Patrick’s Day 2024


St. Patrick’s Day 2024

My dream takes me to the White House
where Kelly green fountain streams
spit red globules, ricochet on the pristine lawns.
Dirty skies sit low, a brazen breeze propels
smell of sizzling flesh to the oval office
stage where emerald men show cause
bear not the crystal bowl of shamrock, Mr President
but a clay jar of sinews stewed in the tears of Gaza.

I wake to the daymare of a festival episode
stars of our sod line out to stroke your cloak, Mr President
detonate the oval space with leprechaun lyric.
Like a gaping silence of Connemara stone
what remains unsaid
scars my heart.

Feature Image: President Joe Biden participates in a bilateral meeting with Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar, Friday, March 17, 2023, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)


About Author

Anne Donnellan lives in Galway. Her debut poetry collection Witness was published in December 2022 by Revival Press Limerick. Anne’s work has appeared in several poetry journals including Skylight 47, Drawn to the Light Press, Orbis and the NUIG Ropes Literary Journal. She was the 2023 winner of the Allingham Poetry Competition.

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