art by Joanne Colbert
May I keep my mouth shut today and not tell people “pog mo thoin”. Let me allow ignorant non-Irish to pinch me and not punch them. Give me the inspiration and the grace to be a person of peace on this day celebrating a misogynistic, intolerant, old Scottish troll. Help me not be tempted to take the hammer of your forge to the unsuspecting heads of the annoying.
Lady, give me strength of character not bludgeon people with history and let them keep their drunken hysteria.
So mote it be! Lady, please give me peace.