A Prayer of Saint Patrick: Deer’s Cry

Saint Patrick  was born on March 17 in A.D. 385  (d.461). Also known as: Patricius; Qatrikias; Pádraig; Padrig. He was a Romano-British Christian missionary  and also a bishop in Ireland. Of equal importance, however, is the little-known fact that he was also a poet. Patrick composed a poem / prayer  in  A.D.433, asking for God's protection from an ambush determined  to kill him and his friars en route to the King's court. It is also known as "The Breastplate of St. Patrick" and "The Lorica." … [Read more...]

Hail the Poets! Salute the Lunatics!

Welcome to my world! It is a glorious, upside-down landscape where clouds are mountains and trees hang downward as if baptized in wide blue sea. Can you see it? Take your time. If you need to, stand on your head.The blog title arises from one of G.K. Chesterton’s most astonishing and yet little known novels titled The Poet and the Lunatics (Darwen Finlayson Limited, 1929,1962). The book’s protagonist is an artist named Gabriel Gale, who steps in to assist local police in solving a bizar … [Read more...]