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Entry for Irish Whimsy Contest

A chapter in the book Wee Poems and Flash Fiction

The Blarney Stone

by Shirley McLain

At the top is a stone
 looking upward you moan
Why is it at the very top
I’m feeling like milksop
Do I really want to ask
It will be quite the task
To climb to the top deck
And then strain my neck
To kiss the Blarney Stone

Irish Whimsy contest entry


Built-in 1874 it is the current home of the Colthurst family who continues to live there. During the tourist season, the family lives on their farm. There is an extra charge for tours that run every half hour. It is claimed that the synonymy of "blarney" with "empty flattery" or "beguiling talk" derives from one of two sources. One story involves the goddess Cl�??�?�­odhna and Cormac Laidir MacCarthy (see "Origins" above). Another legend suggests that Queen Elizabeth I requested Cormac Teige McCarthy, the Lord of Blarney, be deprived of his traditional land rights. Cormac traveled to see the queen but was certain he would not persuade her to change her mind as he wasn't an effective speaker. He met an old woman on the way who told him that anyone who kissed a particular stone in Blarney Castle would be given the gift of eloquent speech. Cormac went on to persuade the queen that he should not be deprived of his land.(Wikipedia)
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