Poem: "Young Man's Fancy" by Mike Shay of Lebanon, PA
When clover fields are blooming;
And ale is fresh and pure;
When your love is sitting near ye;
And your heart is beating sure.
When lakes are clear as crystal;
And gaelic songs abound;
May your lover's voice outdo you;
As she buys another round.
When day turns toward evening;
And the tavern fills with friends;
May frothy ale be flowing;
In joy that never ends.
When golden rays of springtime;
Kiss verdant hills of dew;
May your love endure forever;
And the pub belong to you.
About the author:
Mike Shay is a part-time poet and a full-time grandfather from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He's also a postal worker, so watch it.
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