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2010 Poetry Theme Challenges

#06 Fairyfolk - Leprechaun




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The leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore and like many fairy-folk has long been associated with the Tuatha Dé Danaan. They are neither wholly good or wholly evil but are considered to be the degenerates of the fairy world. So the challenge as we approach St Patrick's Day - poems featuring the leprechaun. Fairy charms work well with refrain poetry and of course all the Celtic forms.

The luck of the Irish be with you.

Jem
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Leprechaun



Divena Collins

Leprechaun of Erin

Maggie Cusick

Thief of Hearts

Ryter Roethicle

Aussie and the Leprechaun
Tie the Leprechaun Down

Nia Wynne

Leprechaun Dance



Divena Collins

Leprechaun Of Erin

The Leprechaun King of the fae
A most mischievous little green man
The joy of Erins Saint Patrick day
And the pride of old Irelands clan.

He plays the fiddle, and jigs all day
Drinks more poteen than he can,
The Leprechaun King of the fae
A most mischievous little green man.

His pot of gold is hidden away
He`s the richest in all the land
Luck is a shamrock in his hand
This little green man is they say
The Leprechaun King of the fae.



Leprechaun dance, Leprechaun dance.

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Maggie Cusick

Thief Of Hearts



He is the thief of arts
Stealing colours
from a rainbow

orange from the sun
palest yellow
from the moon

green from trees
deepest blue
from the ocean,

to paint a magic
circle in which to
capture fairies

who must dance
for his pleasure.

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Ryter Roethical

The Aussie and the Leprechaun

They seek him here
They seek him there
They seek Horace the leprechaun everywhere

His pot of gold is what they seek
The thought of it makes their knees week
And cunning though they think they are
He sees them coming from afar
And laughs and thinks I’ll have some fun
For he’s got them beat, everyone.

Too many years men have tried
And for a while he did abide
But that pot o gold they were all denied.

Until one day a simple Aussie came
He wasn’t out to make a name.
Rather a challenge had been sent
And to that his task was bent.
He wasn’t out to show he was the besson
Just that little twerp needed a lesson.
So one day Horace and he met up
And on pints of Guinness began to sup.

Although Aussie was a drinking man
To beat him this way was not his plan
But he plied himself to the task at hand
The conceited Horace thought this was grand.
Matching the Aussie pot for pot
When he’d had enough off he’d trot
Leaving Aussie laying on the ground
And when he woke,
He’d have to pay for every round.

In a while he saw Aussie knew no more
Seeing him sink to the bar-room floor.
Horace grabbed hold of his golden pot
And to his den he began to trot.
Thinking once more he’d done it again,
Feeling even more contemptuous of men.

A hundred yards he’d gone
When the Aussie sang
And from his jacket
Drew out a boomerang.
Horace didn’t know a thing aboutem

Till it flew and his head did cloutem
And that was how a simple Aussie
Showed a Leprechaun who was bossie.

The morals of this rhyme are clear;
Never try to best an Aussie when drinking beer,
Avoid bludging Elves that never shout a round
Bragging about pots of gold to be found.

And now I heard a Leprechaun as he sang;
“Beware of an Aussie with a boomerang.”



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Tie the Leprechaun Down

There's an old Australian stockman lying dying
And he gets himself up onto one elbow
And he turns to his mates who are gathered around
And he says:

Watch me Gold pot please, mate
Watch me Gold pot please
It’s a valuable thing, mate
Watch me Gold pot please

All together now
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down

Don’t let him make you a fool mate,
Don’t let him make you a fool
Just play it bloody cool mate
Don’t let him make you a fool

All together now
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down

Keep him from me koala’s back, Jack
Keep him from me koala’s back
He’ll disappear out on the track, Jack
Keep him from me koala’s back

All together now
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down

Let the aboes go loose, Lou
Let the aboes go loose
They're of no further use, Lou
So let the aboes go loose

All together now
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down

Don’t let him weave and duck, Bill
Don’t let him weave and duck
Oh, don't let him go running amuck, Bill
Don’t let him weave and duck

All together now
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down

Play your didgeridoo, Blue
Play your didgeridoo
Oh, like keep playing till I shoot through, Blue
Play your didgeridoo

All together now
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down

Tan me hide when I'm dead, Fred
Tan me hide when I'm dead
So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde
And that's it hanging on the shed

All together now
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down
Tie that Leprechaun down, sport
Tie that Leprechaun down

Original version written by Rolf Harris
Released by Epic Records in 1963; playing time, 3:02
First became a top seller in England and Australia in 1961
Reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963

Bastardised by Terry Clitheroe 17 March 2010-03-17
Happy St Patrick’s Day

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Nia Wynne

Leprechaunn Dance

Leprechaun dance, Leprechaun dance
Just for the spot, dance and cavort!
When he be good he's so fancy,
When he be bad he's no good sport.

But looking for a new Irish port
Sends sweet notes to each pretty lass.
Leprechaun dance, Leprechaun dance
Just for the sport, dance and cavort!

For an epithet none shall court
His name as Great, but look askance,
His mischievous ways of parlance
An idiom by means, an art.
Leprechaun dance, Leprechaun dance.

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