Poetry at the Post: Seeing Green in Oaxaca with Delmore Schwartz

In the Green Morning, Now, Once More
BY DELMORE SCHWARTZ

In the green morning, before
Love was destiny,
The sun was king,
And God was famous.

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I tried to capture the “green” of Oaxaca, Mexico—a place known more for its reds, pinks, and blues than green but here’s what I discovered tooling around el centro. 

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Today I also learned about the Batallón San Patricio. In a nutshell, this was a battalion of a few hundred immigrants, mostly from Catholic Ireland and Germany, who fought on the side of Mexico against the United States during the Mexican-American War. Fascinating story!

"In memory of the Irish soldiers of the heroic St. Patrick's Battalion, martyrs who gave their lives to the Mexican cause in the United States' unjust invasion of 1847." photo credit: Fennessey CC .30 by SA
“In memory of the Irish soldiers of the heroic St. Patrick’s Battalion, martyrs who gave their lives to the Mexican cause in the United States’ unjust invasion of 1847.”
photo credit: Fennessey CC 3.0 by SA

Poetry at the Post: St. Patrick’s Day with Jean Blewett

St. Patrick’s Day
BY JEAN BLEWETT

There’s an Isle, a green Isle, set in the sea,
Here’s to the Saint that blessed it!

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Trinity College Dublin, Ireland July 2013
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland
July 2013
Traveling Across Ireland July 2013
Traveling Across Ireland
July 2013
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Trim, Ireland
July 2013

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Jean Blewett was a writer, poet and journalist and a regular contributor to The Globe, a Toronto newspaper. She was born in Kent County, Ontario of Scottish—not Irish—parents. Not much else is known about her other than that she was a frequent lecturer on temperance and suffragism.

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Here’s to old Ireland—fair, I ween,
With the blue skies stretched above her!
Here’s to her shamrock warm and green,
And here’s to the hearts that love her!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2015!