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Monday, June 14, 2021

Monkeyshines

 

He’s not a  mean or nasty lout,

In fact, were you to ask about
Our Paddy Craig O’Connor boy,
You’d find that he’s just hoi polloi.

He’ll shoulder in, with work to do
He loves his wife, and kiddies too,
He’s loyal, almost to a fault,
A fisherman--a seasoned salt.

But after a long day at sea
He’ll meet the boys occasionally,
And, of the good stuff, have a dram,
Then get himself into a jam.

‘Cause Paddy, when he’s had a few,
There's not that monkey will not do,
Though he draws the line at lawless stuff,
It's hard for him to say, "Enough!"

He’s mixed the pigs in with the sheep,
And upset everybody’s sleep,
Howled with dogs and sang with cats,
Joined Ladies Aid with a box of bats.

Dropped a pig in the local pub,
Took chickens to the senior’s club.
Yes, Paddy really has a knack.
For monkeying 'round the 'mischief' track.

Until that time e’en Paddy knew
He’d knocked the Universe askew.
He had to make a major change.
Frivolities, he’d rearrange . . .

It’d started harmlessly enough,
With Paddy swimming ‘in the buff’.
Just floating out there in the bay
Till the Archbishop came his way.

I must admit: How could he know
An august visitor would show?
But there he was upon the sand,
With formal robes and raise-ed hands.

Well, Paddy rose out of the sea,
His clothing somewhat absentee,

Advanced to ask him “What's the craic?”
And give His Grace’s hand a shake.

And right there on the sea levee,
In frank and simple way, did he
Beseech His Excellence to leave.
A blessing for one who believed.

The small request no sooner said,
His Grace’s face turned slightly red,
T’was only then Pad realized
They were the focus of all eyes.

The village, whole, was there to see.
Pad sobered up immediately,
And in the mayhem that ensued,
Vowed he would be more subdued.

So if you’re staying here to sleep,
Hear pigs and chickens, dogs and sheep,
Know, with those feats of fun and brawn,
That Paddy’s clothes are staying on.

Photo Credit: Karen of bakinginatornado.com
Cause Mondays do get knocked a lot,
With poetry, we all besought
To try to make the week begin
With gentle thoughts,
Perhaps a grin?
So KarenCharlotteMimi, me
Have crafted poems for you to see.
And now you’ve read what we have wrought…
Did we help?
Or did we not?

Next Week's the day past Father's Day,
Let's Honor Dads once more--what say?




Thinking of joining us for Poetry Monday?
We'd love to welcome you!
Topics for the next few weeks...
Monkey Around Day (June 14) Today!
Fathers (June 21)
Bubbles (June 28)
Bikinis (July 5)
Cheer the Lonely (July 12)
Raspberry Cake Day (July 19)

Parents Day (July 26)

4 comments:

  1. My favorite line: he's mixed the pigs in with the sheep! And by the way, RAMS is a great film. Australia, Sam Neil, if you can find it.

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  2. Heeheehee! Yep, that would sober a body up and make him a bit more careful in the future. Well done!

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  3. Thanks for the smiles. And give praise that Archbishops are human too :)

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