St. Patrick, never leave me in the lurch,
swimming in Irish whiskey. Toward my perch
Advent is drawing on, time for more church,
more Gospel readings, lessons from St. Paul,
time to lend ears to dancing David’s call.
The youngest son of Jesse calmed King Saul
in madness, plucking his ten-stringed lyre
until Israel raised him from a byre
and launched his songs onto our sea of fire.