This Wearing of the Green

St. Patrick’s Day always reminds me of a poem I memorized in Mrs. McEwan’s fifth grade class called “Wearing of the Green” by Aileen Fisher:

It ought to come in April,
or, better yet, in May
when everything is green as green-
I mean St. Patrick’s Day.

With still a week of winter
this wearing of the green
seems rather out of season –
it’s rushing things, I mean.

But maybe March is better
when all is done and said:
St. Patrick brings a promise,
a four-leaf-clover promise,
a green-all-over promise
of springtime just ahead!

Only in my head, the last stanza rhymes “when all is said and done” with “of springtime just begun.” Makes more sense when you live in California, though around here the whole poem is less applicable because things are so green by this time of year. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Comments 2

  1. Graham wrote:

    At the St. P’s day party I was at today, someone had actually found a four-leaf clover, dug it up with a bunch of the surrounding three-leafers, put it in a pot, and brought it as a gift to the host. That was cool, but then I realized that, never having seen one before, I didn’t know what to do with it! Do you make a wish, or what?

    Posted 17 Mar 2009 at 23:15
  2. danielle golden wrote:

    I memorized this poem in 4th grade back in the 70’s. I never got to recite it infront of the class because my young teacher died of an aneurysm. But I never forgot the poem or my dear teacher. Every St. Pat’s I recite this to myself and at times to my family. This morning I decided to get the title and author.

    Posted 17 Mar 2011 at 06:58

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