Annually, Liverpool Irish Festival celebrates St Patrick’s Day across Merseyside with #GlobalGreening.
This visual gesture -from our civic and cultural buildings and landmarks- extends a welcoming glow to the Irish disapora, as the world spins on its axis. Individually this may not seem a lot, but collectively it is a grand gesture.
Every year we are involved in networks; meeting people from across the world that are reflecting on Ireland and Irishness. We talk about how Ireland represents many migratory stories; echoing the news of those being displaced today. We also talk about what it means to be far from home.
This year, Romanian writer, scientist and environmentalist Cristina Michailovici contacted us with a poem dedicated to her thoughts on Ireland, which we thought we would share with you. Asked why she wrote it, Cristina said “I think my poem -dedicated to this special and historical day- [reflects] my faith in trust, hope, love and a green and healthy planet for future generations”.
I read a book with golden dreams
It’s pages that open eye minds
Are taking me to all green fields
From this old planet that survives.
Imagine green shamrocks around
A wreath of faith, hope and huge love
Carried by happy kids, talking about
Kindness, support, and a white dove.
All people who believe in trust,
Breathing clean air from histories
Are painting green all World petals
Which will renew good memories.
I close the book with golden dreams,
With million spirits and deep mystery,
And wrapping it with all green leaves,
As gift for generations writing history.”
©️ Cristina-Steliana Mihailovici.