Ambushed by Ideas

“Ambushed by Ideas”

Pete St. John invites you to enter the world of poetry loving Gargler Keogh … This man is one of the key characters from “Jaysus Wept”, a hard case Dubliner with a wicked sense of humor and a mountain of self-importance. In fact – he believes he owns Dublin! The drink loving Gargler introduces the reader to the wonderfully insightful verse of Pete St. John. The character and characters of Dublin are all there to tell you their stories. Be one of the delighted listeners!


Ambushed by Ideas
an excerpt:


It’s a long way from The Monto
To the Gresham
You have to cross meridians
And men
And ambushed by ideas learn the firmament is fragile
It’s hard to make a living with a pen
Magdalenes and marmalade
Half learned hymns and sin
Playing leap frog over pints of stout
Contending with priest ridden flocks
And the manners of Maynooth
And exit signs that never guide you out…

Barreller Brady

Aske me another! Sed Barreller Brady
The working man’s gone for his tea
The bomb is a bugger
There’s none of the other
Me cousin got aids in Tralee
The whole bleeding system
Is fallin’ apart
It’s quare when the churches are locked
Survivn’ the plastic
Has made us all spastic
And even Mick Cleary gets knocked.

A priest and some cowboys
Are savin’ Mount Argus
Luke Kelly’s plaque got defaced
For all the Dail frolics
They don’t give a bollics
And the Pillar was never replacecd
Ye still have to soldier
Sed Barreller Brady
The good Lord will give us the means
The Liffey is stagnant
The daughter is pregnant
The missus is wearing blue jeans.

And now Gloucester Diamond’s
Turned into a park
With fences protecting the grass
The Corpo’ says “Praise us”
But sweet swingin’ Jaysus
What’s happened to old Dublin Gas.

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