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An Ode to Saint Patrick

Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.

The legend of Saint Patrick is steeped in Irish mysticism, however, history tells a different story. He was a Roman citizen born in fifth-century Britain and as a teenager was kidnapped by Irish pirates and enslaved in Ireland. He eventually escaped, however, risked his life to return to Ireland in the belief that he was carrying out God’s purpose for him.

Ruled by Irish Kings from many different clans, and under the control of Druids whose Pagan Gods instilled fear into the hearts of the people, Saint Patrick’s life was one of extreme hardship, and yet his belief in his faith became his inner strength. He was also very human and felt he could never live up to his own Christian ideals; however, his honesty in being able to admit his mistakes can only be admired. His is a story of inspiration to those who struggle in the face of adversity in a world that is not always kind or compassionate.

This poem, I hope, will show the Saint in a different light, a glimpse of the man behind the legend.

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A young soul left crying in the dark

Seeking refuge within a broken mind

Enslaved on an unforgiving island

Where Irish Kings reigned supreme


Your life became a litany of sorrows

Yet within the growing pain of your reality

You found an inner peace that never allowed

The darkness of defeat to dim your spiritual light


Blessed with the kindness of forgiving

Your perseverance became a beacon of hope

For a people who had revelled in your pain

Yet were inspired by your unquestioning belief


Your faith became their calming waves

A compass in the turbulent seas of despair

Where the strength of your love and humility

Dispelled the shadows of an omnipresent fear


Silent echoes come to life on wings of exiles

Returning home to honour your memory

Our Patron Saint whose spirit still remains

Within the loving embrace of Irish hearts

© 2020 Lorna Lamon

Comments

Lorna Lamon on March 24, 2020:

Welcome Maven and I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem. Your generous comments are appreciated. Thanks for stopping by.

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on March 24, 2020:

Lorna...As always, your words are inspirational, thoughtful, and so very well crafted...Thank you for this poetic profile of my favorite Saint ( along with St. Laurence, of course)...Larry

Lorna Lamon on March 23, 2020:

Glad you enjoyed this poem Laurinzoscott and I appreciate your kind comments.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 22, 2020:

You could write anything.. Im verryyy convinced 9f this your mastery of language and lyrical rhythum is awe inspiring Lorna

Lorna Lamon on March 21, 2020:

Hi Liz, We certainly would benefit from his wisdom and strength, now more so than ever. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Stay safe.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 20, 2020:

It was a shame that St. Patrick's day celebrations had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. Having read your thought-provoking poem, it makes me think that we could all do with the inner strength that St. Patrick gained through his Christian faith, especially in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Lorna Lamon on March 18, 2020:

Hello Devika, I thought I would showcase the real man as there are so may legends which have grown up around him. Glad you enjoyed the poem. The celebrations usually last for about three days, however, we had a quiet celebration this year which i felt was much better given the times we are living in. Thank you for visiting Devika your comments are always appreciated. Keep safe.

Devika Primic on March 18, 2020:

An interesting insight to the St. Patrick's day. I like the way you put this into a poem. Hope you had an enjoyable one

Lorna Lamon on March 18, 2020:

I'm so glad you enjoyed this article Lora and your comments are always appreciated. Thank you for visiting and keep safe.

Lorna Lamon on March 18, 2020:

Lovely to see you Brenda and your comments are always appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and keep safe.

Lorna Lamon on March 18, 2020:

Welcome Ivana and thank you for your kind and generous comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed this article.

Mitara N from South Africa on March 18, 2020:

Thank you Lorna, you are always appreciated

Lora Hollings on March 17, 2020:

What a beautiful poem to honor this special day in memory of this courageous Saint! I loved your poem as a narrative of St. Patrick's life. I also enjoyed your bio about him and how he overcame so many hardships in his life. Thank you for this inspiring article, Lorna.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 17, 2020:

I shared this one.

Thank you.

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BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 17, 2020:

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Thanks for sharing this lovely tribute.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on March 17, 2020:

Such a beautiful tribute to Saint Patrick. Everything about this hub is lovely!

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

Hi Matara, Lovely to see you and thank you for your kind comments - appreciated. Keep safe in South Africa.

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

Thank you so much Peggy and even though we couldn't celebrate his memory this year, it lives on in our hearts. I appreciate your kind comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

Hello Denise, I think he was very brave considering the Irish were such a wild race and certainly not religious. He did leave his mark and is loved by many the world over. Always lovely to see you and thank you for your kind comments. Keep safe.

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

Thank you Jason and even thought the celebrations were a little muted - Saint Patrick was not forgotten. Your kind comments are always appreciated and keep safe.

Mitara N from South Africa on March 17, 2020:

Hi Lorna

Expressed well to the man behind the legend

Happy St. Patrick's day

Thanks for sharing

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2020:

St. Patrick's Day parades and festivities have been canceled in many places because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the spirit of this amazing saint will always be inspirational to many people around the globe. Your poem is lovely and fitting for St. Patrick's Day.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 17, 2020:

That was an inspiring tribute to an Irish Icon. I've heard many stories about St Patrick over the years and loved the story. He must have been very brave to return to the land he feared and perhaps, hated, the most.

Blessings,

Denise

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on March 17, 2020:

Hi, Lorna beautiful tribute to Saint Patrick. Lovely job. Happy Saint Patrick's day!

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

Thank you kindly Sir - much appreciated.

manatita44 from london on March 17, 2020:

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Lorna

Best wishes to you.

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

I'm touched by your kind comments Diane and the thought of Saints and Angels reading this tribute is a very comforting one. Thank you for stopping by.

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

Thank you Pamela, your comments are always so kind and supportive. Appreciated as always.

Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on March 17, 2020:

Saints are beautiful in a holy way. They are called Saints because they experience a holy mystical plane. And are filled with heavenly knowledge and can guide us to the path of knowing God . I love this poetry and article. You wrote this in such a holy creativity. Lorna Lamon I would not doubt that you also have an audience of Saints and Angels reading this .

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 17, 2020:

This article about Saint Patrick is so well-written and very interesting. I think your poem is beautiful and it honors Saint Patrick very nicely.

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

I'm so glad you found the article interesting and you enjoyed the poem. Thank you for visiting and your kind comments Rosina - always appreciated.

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

Thank you for your kind comments Manatita and visiting - appreciated as always.

Lorna Lamon (author) on March 17, 2020:

Hi Kyler, Yes this year the celebrations will be very low key. However, it may bring a little cheer into our lives. Thank you for stopping by and commenting - appreciated.

Rosina S Khan on March 16, 2020:

Nice to know about Saint Patrick. A well-crafted poem as a tribute to him. Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 from london on March 16, 2020:

A good man, which I have read about. We have many Saints in Christianity. Some were obviously steeped in God: St Theresa of Avila, St Theresa of Leiuseux; St Therese Neumann ... St John of the Cross and St Augustine, to name only a tiny few.

St Patrick's was an interesting man, more like the biblical Job, I suppose. Lovely prose as well. Peace.

Kyler J Falk from Corona, CA on March 16, 2020:

An early "Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! " but it will be celebrated with happiness in these rough times none the less. A wonderful little piece here, Lorna!