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Pádraig

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Pádraig

(17 March)

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His family lived in France

Kidnapped to Ireland,

He spent sustaining, growing years

The best that can be done

In captivity

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One day he was told by God

To leave, to walk down

To the boat

And on the boat

And leave

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Once back in France,

Reunited more or less,

He heard the calling to return

Actually, a note

From the bishop

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He had no place in mainland

Europe anymore

Where no one knew him

Or his snake-free ways

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He evangelized,

And his message

Did not curse

The culture, the truth

And the symbols

In its age

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He used what was there,

The shamrock

As Brigid uses straw

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Ireland, through

Reason and through art,

Converted

Or co-merged, the ancient

With less ancient

While the bishop

And God smiled

To make arrangements

Somewhere else for what

Might have been

Indigenous serpents

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C L Couch

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By Andreas F. Borchert, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33260482

Tullow Church of the Most Holy Rosary, South Transept Window

Detail of the glass door that extends the stained glass window of the Immaculata above it to the floor, depicting Brigid’s Cross and oak leaves. No signature was found on the window.

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The Uniform Monday Holiday Act

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The Uniform Monday Holiday Act

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I can’t imagine

How it is

To be imprisoned, innocent

Martin Luther King, Junior

The apostles Peter and Paul

Henry David Thoreau

Doctor Mudd for setting

Booth’s leg

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These people were indicted

For their jobs

Nelson Mandela

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Now there are the women

I should know more and say more

Suffragers

Protesters

Wanting votes

A real wage

A chance for the machines

Not to grind our living down

In a new age

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There are those in rank

I do not understand

Women, children, men

Who lived in prison in the Tower

Sometimes freed

Often executed

Often simply dying there

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There are crimes, I’m sure

Prison sentences

That might make sense

If bankrupt of compassion,

The strength of prohibition

And correction misdirected

And I don’t know

What to say for those

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We’ve decided for our lives

To keep you away from them,

From everyone

Who lives under the sun

Or the comfort of moonlight

At night

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Civil disobedience

A cause

A call

Evangelism

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C L Couch

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between his birthday and the holiday

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Photo by Richard Payette on Unsplash

Catalonia, Spain

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