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Irish Grit

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Sheila
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since 06-18-99
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Lansing, Michigan, Ingham


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IRISH GRIT

We came across the stormy seas
From Ireland we hail
We braved the unknown as we went
Still we hoisted up the sail

A country that was not our own
We fled to desperately
To leave the hardship of our land
Both famine and poverty

The prospects of new life ahead
Circled in our minds
An opportunity so rare
That we left our baby behind

A sick and frail young lad he was
Too ill to make the trip
So later we would send for him
When to life, he had a grip

The years went by and we just heard
How sickly was the boy
He couldn’t bare the trip quite yet
That farmer was very coy

He told the lad he was his son
So he grew up thinking that
And how’s the boy suppose to know
On our letters the farmer sat

Then one time unexpectedly
The boy sassed someone near
And the truth was told about him
He could not believe his ears

So off to war the lad did run
It was a proud job that he did
And when at last it ended
He never went “home” again

Across the seas our boy came
To find his real home
To search and find his family
And claim them for his own

The lad, he did get married
And lived his life so free
Had children who had children
Now that’s prosperity

It’s now more than a century
Seven generations past
We wouldn’t know our roots today
If that deception were to last

Thank God that our James Casey
Had Irish grit to spare
A heritage I’m proud of
I hope he knows I care


Sheila J. Thurston
Great-great granddaughter
July 8, 1999
© Copyright 1999 Sheila - All Rights Reserved
IsabelleSkye
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1 posted 07-23-99 01:37 AM       View Profile for IsabelleSkye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for IsabelleSkye

I am half Irish and PROUDLY one-quarter scottish, and my family came over as pioneers too. What tough people eh?

Thanks, this was a neat way to show your family history and pride, Izzy

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"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself,
than to be crowded on a velvet cushion."
.....Henry David Thoreau
Saxoness
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2 posted 07-23-99 09:30 AM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

Erin Goh Bragh!

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"Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot


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