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St. Patrick’s Day Poem of the Week

We couldn’t let a St. Patrick’s Day go by without posting a poem. This week’s selection is from Frank Ormsby, and the title refers to a Johnny Cash song of the same name.

Forty Shades of Green

A Crown/Dulux/Farrow and Ball Poem

I
Tunsgate Green
Green Ground
Cooking Apple Green
Churlish Green
Saxon Green
Folly Green
Minster Green
Vert de Terre
Card Room Green
Breakfast Room Green

II
Teresa’s Green
Soft Fauna
Woodland Pearl
Jungle Fever
Peppermint Beach
Amazon Jungle
Soft Moss
Lime Zest
Kiwi Burst
Willow Creek

III
Grecian Garland
Forest Falls
Paradise Green
Grecian Spa
Minted Glory
Deep Ivy
Woodland Fern
Tarragon Glory
Apple Mist
Soft Lime

IV
Cool Aqua
Wind Chime
Olive Tropics
Lunch Date
Soft Khaki
Chartreuse Mix
Dragonfly
Bamboo Leaf
Soft Duck Egg
Emerald Delight

Frank Ormsby, from Goat’s Milk: New and Selected Poems (2015)

Greens


Categories: Frank Ormsby, Ireland, Irish Poetry, Poem of the Week

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