More Memories of County Mayo
|Author's Note: Croagh Patrick is a mountain named after St. Patrick right outside of Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. According to legend St. Patrick spent about 40 days and nights up at the mountain top or something like that.
Across the road from the mountain is the National Famine Memorial of Ireland. Beyond that memorial is the Atlantic Ocean, leading to the west. There is a picture of this area, that I photographed, below the poem.
Take my hand and come with me
'Cross the mountain to the coast and sea
Croagh Patrick looms above the shore
Famine remembered here as 'twas before
There is a lane between the rocks
Sheep linger there in pairs and flocks
Stop your traffic now, prepare to yield
They own the road more than the field
Romantic country, turn back time
Come put your faith in luck and rhyme
Remember songs that whisper to your soul
Walk with me and visit County Mayo....
Climb the mountain, wind up to the top
Take the view in sight, prepare to stop
Linger there at the top of the Celtic world
Your troubles gone, your mind unfurled.