Why I want to be Irish
Is not because of St Patrick’s Day
When beer flows like the Liffey
Through the gorges of man
I don’t want to be Irish
To walk on rainbows and hide my wealth
On the underside of paint strips
After all how can a 190 cm man
Be a minature leprechaun
I’m no Irish because of my faith
Nor do I want to play cricket
For a national team or the world cup
Or wear heels for my river dance
And be tap dancer for a day
I’m no Collins or De Valera
I hold no place in history
I just want to be Irish, to “be in clover”
To be carefree in verse and be my own wanderer
On Yeats’s footpaths
As the rag and bone poet
Selling untapped words
As scraps of free verse.


Published by

meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist, who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. Dilantha wrote his first poem at the ripe age of 32 and now has more than 1700 poems on his blog. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry and Ravens Perch, among others. He was also awarded the prize for "The emerging writer of the year - 2016" in the Godage National Literary Awards, Sri Lanka for his first collection of poems (Kite Dreams – A Sarasavi Publication), while being shortlisted for the poetry prize. Dilantha is a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Australia, and shares his experiences from two different cultures. He blogs at - https://meandererworld.

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