Bono and the Snakes ๐Ÿ

On the occasion of St. Patrickโ€™s Day, 17 March, House speaker Nancy Pelosi hosted the usual Friends of Ireland luncheon at the White House during which she read a poem written by U2 frontman Bono.
Bono has an annual tradition of sending her a limerick for the luncheon.
โ€œThis year the limerick is irregular and not funny at all,โ€ he wrote on Twitter โ€œWe stand with the people of Ukraine and their leader.โ€

The poem is an extended limerick that encompassed both Irish mythology and the crisis in Ukraine, where Bono uses the legend of St Patrick banishing snakes from Ireland as a metaphor for President Volodymyr Zelenskyโ€™ s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was active as a missionary during the fifth century. According to one of the legends associated with him, he expelled all snakes from Ireland ordering then to slither away into the sea, after a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill.

Here is the poem:

Oh, St Patrick he drove out the snakes
With his prayers but thatโ€™s not all it takes
For the snake symbolises
An evil that rises
And hides in your heart, as it breaks

And the evil has risen my friends
From the darkness that lives in some men
But in sorrow and fear
Thatโ€™s when saints can appear
To drive out those old snakes once again

And they struggle for us to be free
From the psycho in this human family
Irelandโ€™s sorrow and pain
Is now the Ukraine
And St Patrickโ€™s name now Zelensky

๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ

Final note:

In Irish Christian Irish folklore, the legend of St Patrick is the “reason” why Ireland is completely snake-free in nature. Naturalists claim that post-glacial Ireland never had snakes as no signs of them have been found in the country’s fossil record.
The myth may be an allegory of St. Patrick’s mission of conversion to Christianity: the snakes of Ireland can be views as the pagans of Irelandโ€™s Celtic history and his โ€œbanishment of snakesโ€ may in truth be a simple metaphor for the chasing/ evangelization of the pagans.

In occasione della festa di San Patrizio, il 17 marzo, la speaker della Camera dei rappresentanti degli USA Nancy Pelosi ha ospitato alla Casa Bianca il pranzo annuale dedicato agli amici d’Irlanda durante il quale ha letto una poesia scritta dal frontman degli U2 Bono.

Il cantante รจ solito inviarle ogni anno un limerick da lui composto per lโ€™occasione.
Quest’anno il limerick รจ irregolare e per niente divertente”, ha scritto Bono su Twitter “Siamo con il popolo ucraino e il suo leader”.

La poesia fa riferimento sia ai miti irlandesi che alla crisi in Ucraina. Bono infatti usa la leggenda di San Patrizio che scaccia i serpenti dall’Irlanda come metafora della risposta del presidente Volodymyr Zelensky all’invasione russa dell’Ucraina.

Patrizio, il santo patrono d’Irlanda, fu attivo come missionario durante il V secolo. Secondo una delle leggende a lui legate, allontanรฒ tutti i serpenti dall’Irlanda, costringendoli a strisciare via nel mare, dopo un digiuno di 40 giorni fatto in cima a un monte.

Ecco la poesia:

San Patrizio cacciรฒ via i serpenti
con le sue preghiere ma non basta
perchรฉ il serpente simboleggia
un male che sorge
e si nasconde nel vostro cuore mentre si spezza.

E il male รจ risorto amici miei
dall’oscuritร  che vive in alcuni uomini
Ma รจ nel dolore e nella paura
che possono apparire i santi
per scacciare ancora una volta quei vecchi serpenti

E lottano per la nostra libertร 
contro il pazzo di questa famiglia umana.
Il dolore e la sofferenza dell’Irlanda
sono ora in Ucraina
e il nome di San Patrizio รจ ora Zelensky.

๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ

Nota finale

Nel folklore cristiano irlandese, la leggenda di San Patrizio รจ il “motivo” per cui l’Irlanda รจ completamente priva di serpenti . I naturalisti sostengono che l’Irlanda post-glaciale non ha mai avuto serpenti poichรฉ non ne sono stati trovati segni nella documentazione fossile del paese.
Il mito potrebbe essere un’allegoria della missione di conversione al cristianesimo di San Patrizio: i serpenti possono essere visti come i pagani della storia celtica irlandese e la loro cacciata puรฒ in veritร  essere una semplice metafora della cacciata/evangelizzazione dei pagani.

Image: History.com – St. Patrick depicted with his foot on a snake.(Archive Photos/Getty Images)

75 thoughts on “Bono and the Snakes ๐Ÿ

  1. A superb post. Highly interesting, very well researched and an excellent presentation. Dear Luisa, I am going to brush up my list of adjectives because I am running short of words to express how thrilled I am to read your blogs. Beautifulโคโคโคโค.

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  2. Ottima prosa nel senso dell’individuazione del Male che come il polo neutro puรฒ entrare in attivitร  se solo si “soggiace” al “contatto”. (รˆ un’ allegoria estemporanea, che spero sia comprensibile)! Ciao cara Luisa, buon proseguire!๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. รˆ vero che non ci sono serpenti in Irlanda, perchรฉ l’isola dopo le glaciazioni รจ rimasta a lungo fredda e coperta dalle acque e gli animali a sangue freddo non hanno trovato un ambiente adatto.
      Oggigiorno l’unico rettile nativo dell’isola รจ la lucertola comune.

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  3. Non sapevo che lโ€™Irlanda fosse priva di serpenti. Una curiositร  davvero interessante, ๐Ÿ™‚. Ottimo post cara Luisa, ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. Buon proseguimento di giornata e buon pomeriggio, ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ˜˜.

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    1. Grazie, Eleonora cara. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™
      L’assenza di serpenti รจ dovuta al fatto che dopo l’ultima glaciazione l’isola รจ rimasta a lungo fredda e coperta dalle acque . Per questo gli animali a sangue freddo non vi hanno trovato un ambiente adatto per sopravvivere.

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  4. Luisa ! As St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland ordering them to slither away in the sea so that people of Ireland could be saved . We also have a legend in India how Lord Krishna controlled a snake of numerous hoods to save the humanity as such about five thousand years ago . But what is urgently needed today is an incarnation of a huge man who could keep the world in order and together , who could make this small but beautiful world understand the meaning of peace and tranquility , who could make the world understand the meaning of peaceful coexistence . What the world urgently requires is a supra-rational man like — LORD BUDDHA , MAHATMA GANDHI , JESUS CHRIST as such . And I personally feel and think that your precious blogs would one day pave the way for such a Godlike supra-human being to come down from the Heaven directly to save the mankind as such . Thanks !

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    1. I must confess that I blushed for your great kindness, which made me very happy.
      Thank you with all my heart for your generous appreciation and for your precious reflections ๐Ÿ™

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  5. This poem is profound and on point. Love how he drew the parallels between Ireland and Ukraine, his last line St Patrickโ€™s name now Zelensky was a perfect ending of the poem. โค๏ธ

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      1. I was taught that if you canโ€™t say anything nice, then donโ€™t say anything at all, but itโ€™s always easy to say nice things about you and your posts Luisa ๐Ÿ’™

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  6. You always teach me something in your posts, Luisa. This time I learned that Pelosi reads a Bono limerick at the St. Patrick’s luncheon. I knew the story of St. Patrick and the snakes, but it’s a fresh way to look at snakes and Putin.

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  7. Molto gradevole la nota finale, si riesce a comprendere meglio il significato della festa irlandese e anche della poesia di Bono. E tu come sempre bravissima in tutto ciรฒ che ci racconti senza mai lasciare nulla al caso ๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Buonanotte un forte abbraccio ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  8. ๐Ÿ’œ Snakes ๐Ÿ ARE like Humans EveryOne; generally shy, Feed ThemSelves or ARE Fed, mate briefly then eventually lay eggs and bite when Feeling Threatened just like a dog ๐Ÿ• EveryBody…while Cats ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ˜ป ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›๏ธ don’t Really Give a Fuck about Humans; apart from The Odd Scratch or Few from Their Extended Claws and maybe a bit of Lick from The Pussy Cat ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ˜ป ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›๏ธ ๐Ÿค” ?

    …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

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