Irish to the Core

Marcia K. Scanlon 1959 (Victoria,British Columbia)

December 23 

Dad's Poem

Bobby was Irish to the core
Like good old 'County Monaghan' lore

Of rugged cliffs and ocean air
Filled with spirit of none-to-care

His ready smile and pat on back
Surely gave you quite a wack

A hearty laugh might ensue
Of which you were a chosen few

I think he thought he was Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Baddest man in the whole damn town

And that could very well be true
Because my mother was always calling, 'Bob where are you!!?"

He loved that song, with volume blasting
A memory we kids have,forever-lasting

Stuffed in the Buick, reveling in the fun
That was Dad,second-to-none

But all kidding aside
You were in terrible trouble if you lied

A Judge by profession
Certainly made for an interesting confession

One that you avoided like the plague
Dare you leave out any detail and be vague

But he had a heart of gold
Would give the shirt off his back, truth be told

He was banned from the kitchen as he made such a mess
Splattering eggs everywhere, much to my mother's duress

He ran away with glee
To find his book and settle thee

Charles Dickens was a fave
Which he kept in his man cave

But truly a man with good intentions
Even though he fell short with his procrastination's

We will remember him as a happy guy
And hope that he is still flying high

In the green, green rolling hills of home
I hope he gets to read this poem.


About this poem

This poem is about Robert Louis ( Bob) Monaghan, my Dad who passed away on January,29th,2022. My sister created a small book called Bob's in short stories because he wrote them over the years, and she wanted a compilation of them for people to read. She knows I write poetry and so she asked me if I would write something about Dad.Well, I took to the task and had a great time creating this for him. I think Bob / Dad would have laughed and loved it.

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Written on February 05, 2022

Submitted by PonteQueen on December 15, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,357
Words 280
Stanzas 18
Stanza Lengths 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2

Marcia K. Scanlon

I have been writing poems over the years, as early as first grade where I won a class contest. My topic was 'Lollipops'!! Where I got that idea I will never know! But my mother loved it and kept it in a box in the far reaches of the basement. When in doubt, keep it! I write when I am impassioned by an event or a person. Most of the great loves of my life have a poem written about them, that settles it at about 1,000. Ha ha just kidding. They are fun to write and pull at your heartstrings and a huge sense of accomplishment ensues, and then especially if they do come well received. I hope everyone enjoys my poem about my Irish Dad, he was a real character and a good man. Thank you for reading it! more…

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