Treasure Island

Michael Shepherd

(8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! 0253 To Li Po on Saint Patrick's Day


Dear Li Po

you wrote your Po-em of The Day
for Poemhunter
about drinking - and alone at that - without mentioning
that it's Saint Patrick's Day
when drinkers seldom drink alone
for the craic's the thing

so next time you have to drink alone
except for your shadow,
notice that your shadow
under the light of the Moon,
dances more drunkenly, and sooner
- happy shadow -
than you. You haven't noticed?
Then perhaps you're thinker
than you drunk you are

pionta Guinness, le do thoil

Submitted: Friday, March 17, 2006
Edited: Friday, May 18, 2007

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